National Writing Project

2017 Annual Meeting—Friday

Making Rough Drafts Easier: Integrating Writing, Review, and Revision with Writable

8:30–10:00 a.m. OR 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Westmoreland/Kingsbury, Ground Level, Conference Plaza

When engaged in the writing process, students need timely and specific feedback on their work in order to move forward with substantive revision. Also, we must scaffold instruction in a manner that helps students identify the criteria by which "good" writing is judged. In this 90-minute workshop, participants will be introduced to Writable, a web-based platform for designing, personalizing, and facilitating the writing, review, and revision process. Suitable for teachers in grades 3–12, this session will model best practices in writing pedagogy and invite teachers to create their first assignments and assessments for classroom use.

Participants will also be given a 6-month subscription to Writable for use in their classrooms. Please bring a laptop computer or an iOS device in order to fully participate in the session.

C3WP-SEED Advanced Institute Mid-Year Meeting*

8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Majestic Ballroom A & B, Second Floor, Conference Plaza

C3WP-SEED High-Need Schools Meeting*

8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Landmark 2 & 3, Ground Level, Conference Plaza

New Directors Mini-Retreat

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Landmark 7, Ground Level, Conference Plaza

If you have taken on the job of site director sometime in the last three years, join us for a gathering of new NWP site directors to explore a range of topics related to the job of directing a Writing Project site. Here's a glimpse of what you can look forward to:

  1. Engaging in conversation and inquiry with other new Writing Project site directors to share questions and learn from one another;
  2. Working with NWP resources designed to support site directors in addressing key areas of site work; and
  3. Engaging in conversations with NWP staff to share updates on reporting, grants, and other network opportunities.

Come prepared for a lively exchange as we roll up our sleeves and work together to consider your successes and challenges, your burning questions, and those issues that are most pressing at your site.

Session Facilitators:

  • Barbara Hasselbach Boyle, NWP
  • Pat Fox, NWP
  • Miriam Neidhardt, NWP
  • Mark Dziedzic, Greater Madison WP
  • Kim Douillard, San Diego Area WP


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StoriumEdu Story Jam

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Pershing/Lindell, Ground Level, Conference Plaza

This half-day "Story Jam" will introduce teachers to StoriumEdu, a new online, collaborative writing game with educational applications. Teachers will participate as a player/learner, thinking about the relationship between writing, game-playing, and learning; and as a teacher/curriculum-builder and world-builder, thinking about how narrative games like Storium might be used to engage students in deep learning experiences. Participants should bring a laptop to this session if possible.

Two Different Views of St. Louis: You Choose Your Writing Marathon, hosted by Gateway Writing Project

8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Gateway B, Gateway Level

What is St. Louis famous for? The Arch. The Cardinals. And Ferguson. If you'd like to stay in the city, you can choose a writing marathon which includes some of the city sights (free). Participants will leave on a walking tour from the convention center, stopping at various spots to write and then share. You'll get a chance to soak in some of the architecture and historic monuments.

Or, you can choose to go by bus ($10) to get a view of the tiny suburban town of Ferguson—a view the news channels never showed the public. You'll get to walk along the route where all the protests were as you stop at picturesque and quite normal-looking spots to write and share.

2017 LRNG Innovators Meeting*

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Landmark 5, Ground Level, Conference Plaza

SEED Summer Camps Meeting*

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Landmark 6, Ground Level, Conference Plaza

New Pathways Stage 2 Design Strand Meeting*

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Landmark 5, Ground Level, Conference Plaza

Friday events marked with an asterisk (*) are working meetings for invited participants.

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