National Writing Project

2017 Annual Meeting—Thursday

Marriott St. Louis Grand

Thursday morning begins with a round of sessions where Writing Project colleagues can connect, have conversations, and share ideas. The morning sessions are followed by the plenary, after which lunch will be available from 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. Two rounds of afternoon sessions will run from 1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m., and we'll end the day with an evening social with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar at 5:00 p.m.

A continental breakfast, lunch, and light afternoon snacks will be available in NWP Central on the Majestic Ballroom Foyer on the second floor of the Marriott Grand's conference plaza and are included in the cost of registration. The evening social is also included.

Breakout Sessions: Round A

8:30–10:00 a.m.: Round A Session Descriptions


10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Majestic Ballroom A–D, Second Floor, Conference Plaza

Hear from NWP's Executive Director Elyse Eidman-Aadahl about the state of the NWP network, and learn about The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), a Manhattan-based organization which offers 12-day summer seminars for faculty from middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities interested in furthering their knowledge about the Holocaust and other genocides. Led by program founder Dr. Sondra Perl and her colleague Dr. Jennifer Lemberg, TOLI seminars use an inquiry-based approach to provide educators with tools to heighten their students' engagement with this sensitive subject matter, guiding students from shock and denial to compassion and social action. Teachers who complete the seminar, which was created in 2006, become part of the Holocaust Educators Network (HEN). Our Annual Meeting plenary will feature NWP/TOLI teachers Brenda Johnston, Tracei Willis, and Michelle Clark discussing how Holocaust education connects to issues of social justice today.


12:00–1:15 p.m.
Majestic E–H, Second Floor, Conference Plaza

Join us for lunch directly following the plenary (cost included in your registration fee).

Breakout Sessions: Rounds B and C

1:30–3:00 p.m.: Round B Session Descriptions

3:30–5:00 p.m.: Round C Session Descriptions

NWP Social

5:00–6:30 p.m.
Majestic Ballroom E–H, Second Floor, Conference Plaza

Plan to gather at the end of the day for light snacks and a no-host bar to celebrate our collective learning together.

American Creed Documentary Screening

7:00–9:00 p.m.
Majestic Ballroom A–D, Second Floor, Conference Plaza

Please join us on Thursday, November 16 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. for a very special screening of American Creed, a documentary that explores what binds us together as Americans despite our different backgrounds, histories, religions, and beliefs.

You are also welcome to join us for a free workshop on Saturday morning to learn about a publishing opportunity for your students and to hear how teacher leaders from across the network are using the film in their teaching.

Tickets to the documentary are free and available here .

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