National Writing Project

Thursday Breakout Session: Round A

One morning round and two afternoon rounds of sessions are offered by site leaders and teacher-consultants from NWPs special-focus networks, initiatives, and programs.

While preregistration for all sessions is required, limited space may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Morning Sessions: 9:30am–11:30am

A1 Advocating for Your Writing Project Site
Contemporary, Main Level, Fantasia Ballroom A
Join us for a session on the importance of teacher advocacy and learn how this work can be an opportunity to build leadership at your site. More ›

A2 Writing with Beginning English Learners and Their Families
Contemporary, Main Level, Fantasia Ballroom B
This interactive session focuses on programs that showcase the importance of writing for beginning English learners and their families. More ›

A3 Teaching as a Political Act
Contemporary, Main Level, Fantasia Ballroom C
Participants will collaborate in an investigation of such questions as What does it mean to conduct teacher inquiry as a political act? More ›

A4 Inquiry from the Start: Rethinking Teaching Demonstrations in the Invitational Summer Institute
Contemporary, Main Level, Fantasia Ballroom D
Teaching demonstrations have always been at the heart of invitational summer institutes. Teacher inquiry has become central to the work of sites. What are the intersections between the two? More ›

A5 Partnership Designs Based on Mutual Interests and Needs
Contemporary, Main Level, Fantasia Ballroom E
This session spotlights methods for designing and sustaining inservice partnerships. Leaders from a developing site and a mature site suggest ways their programs address local concerns while embedding elements of NWPs proven theory and practice. More ›

A6 Fair Use of Copyrighted Media in the Classroom
Contemporary, Main Level, Fantasia Ballroom F
This session focuses on how students and teachers can responsibly repurpose copyrighted media in the classroom through an understanding of Fair Use doctrine. More ›

A7 Reading the Research: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading
Contemporary, Main Level, Fantasia Ballroom G
In this Reading the Research session participants will get a chance to read, write about, and discuss a recent report released by the Carnegie Corporation and the Alliance for Excellent Education Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading. More ›

A8 The Invitational Summer Institute: Exploring the Heart of the NWP Model
Contemporary, Main Level, Fantasia Ballroom H
In an interactive session, two site leaders will share strategies designed to help sites contextualize these essential NWP elements while at the same time honoring their uniqueness as an NWP site. More ›

A9 NWP at Work Beyond the U.S.A.
Contemporary, Main Level, Fantasia Ballroom J
Join us for a conversation with colleagues from NWPs Associated International Sites and those holding institutes and doing work in locations outside of the United States. More ›

A10 Reading the Research: Because Digital Writing Matters
Contemporary, Main Level, Fantasia Ballroom K
This Reading the Research session examines the book Because Digital Writing Matters, a companion to the National Writing Projects Because Writing Matters. More ›

A11 Taking Charge of Inservice
Contemporary, Main Level, Fantasia Ballroom L
This workshop will feature strategies for establishing and maintaining productive relationships with teachers and administrators. More ›

A13 Investing Strategically to Build Site Capacity
Contemporary, Main Level, Fantasia Ballroom N
How can sites build the capacity to meet the needs of their service areas by making strategic investments in people, programs, resources, and relationships? More ›

A14 Inquiry into Action: How Site Self-Study Results in Increased Access, Relevance, and Diversity
Contemporary, Main Level, Fantasia Ballroom M
This session examines how a deliberate inquiry into a Writing Project site's mission, service area, programs, and practices results in important changes and growth. More ›

A15 Responding to the Common Core: An Introduction to the Literacy Design Collaborative
Contemporary, Mail Level, Fantasia Ballroom P&Q
Join the NWP as we explore the national conversation about how to richly enact the common core standards. More ›

A16 What LSRI Sites Have Learned About What Works with Kids
Contemporary, Main Level, Nutcracker Ballroom 1
This session will focus on what sites have learned about teaching writing from their LSRI research. The facilitators will actively engage participants in strategies they have found to be effective. More ›

A17 Digital Literacies Roundtable
Contemporary, Main Level, Nutcracker Ballroom 2
In this roundtable session, multiple presenters will share a range of innovative digital practices—from multimodal composing in the classroom, to working with families to explore the digital literacy practices of youth, to being a writer and learner in virtual worlds and communities. More ›

A18 Organizing and Prioritizing the Work of State and Regional Networks
Contemporary, Main Level, Nutcracker Ballroom 3
Roundtable discussions will provide strategies and resources for: (1) developing focused, fundable State and Regional Networks minigrant proposals, (2) sharing site knowledge to spur network development, (3) organizing and delegating network activities and responsibilities, (4) using technology as a tool for network growth, and (5) naming the work and building the capacity to complete it. More ›

A19 Acknowledging Issues in Special Education and Supporting the Learning of Special-Needs Students
Contemporary, Main Level, Pastoral 1

Learn what a teacher-researcher discovers as she looks at the issues related to: the process of identification and placement of African American students in special education; the parents' perception of their role in that process; and the implications for today's classrooms. More ›

A20 Reading the Research: Ethical Dimensions of Writing Online
Contemporary, Second Level, Pacific
This Reading the Research session examines research from the GoodPlay project at Harvard University along with related work and resources gathered by Common Sense Media, a media-support network for parents and caregivers. More ›

A21 Research Matters: Finding the Synergies Between Writing Project Work and Faculty Research Agendas
Contemporary, Second Level, Grand Republic C
How can junior faculty involved in Writing Project work pursue their research agendas? More ›

A22 Where Next in the Teaching of Writing?
Contemporary, Second Level, Grand Republic D
We will use selected results from the National Study of Writing Instruction to open a discussion of critical issues in learning to write for the core subject areas in middle and high school. More ›

A23 Reading in the Invitational Summer Institute
Contemporary, Second Level, Atlantic A
This interactive session will invite participants to examine the role of reading in the invitational summer institute and explore the connections among reading, writing, and the development of teacher demonstrations. More ›

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