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Greater New Orleans Writing Project's WriteFest Conference Sees Success

Publication: UNO News
Date: February 1, 2013

Summary: Nearly 150 educators from 44 schools in Southeast Louisiana attended the WriteFest 2013 Conference on writing and the teaching of writing—sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Writing Project at the University of New Orleans campus.

 

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The event was a huge success," said Sarah DeBacher, UNO English instructor and current director of GNOWP, a UNO-based site of the National Writing Project, which is an organization dedicated to improving writing and the teaching of writing throughout the greater New Orleans area and the nation.

DeBacher remains thrilled with turnout to the late January event and is already planning next year's event. She opened last month's gathering by telling educators: "We're here because we have a common goal, to improve writing and the teaching of writing in our classrooms, and ultimately to have a positive impact on student achievement."

WriteFest offerings linked to the standards in an effort to prepare educators for the curricular shift, DeBacher said. Attendees received lesson plans linking to the standards, as well as certificates of participation for 4.5 contact hours. The work of preparing teachers to meet the new state standards will continue at the Greater New Orleans Writing Project, DeBacher said. GNOWP is currently working with Carolyn Park Middle School in Slidell to help the school meet the new state standards and increase student achievement through writing.

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