January 11th, 2013

Greater New Orleans Writing Project Presents WriteFest 2013

Professional development conference focuses on writing and the Common Core 

The Greater New Orleans Writing Project (GNOWP) at the University of New Orleans invites teachers, literacy professionals and school administrators to WriteFest 2013, an all-day conference focused on writing, creativity and the Common Core. WriteFest will be held on January 26 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Lindy Boggs International Conference Center and will feature Louisiana’s leading teachers, as well as nationally-renowned educator Barry Lane.
WriteFest 2013: Creativity, Common Core and Koozies, will begin with breakfast and a celebration of The Greater New Orleans Writing Project’s 35th year. Attendees will then choose two of 10 morning sessions designed to guide teachers toward implementation of best practices in writing instruction. These sessions will link to the Common Core Standards across all grade levels and subjects. Following a New Orleans-themed lunch, teachers will be entertained and inspired by keynote speaker Barry Lane, author of But How Do You Teach Writing?: A Simple Guide for All TeachersThe Reviser’s Toolbox, and Why We Must Run with Scissors: Voice Lessons in Persuasive Writing.
Additional presenters include GNOWP Teacher Consultants Amanda Baudot, 2013 Louisiana High School Teacher of the Year; Pat Austin, author and UNO education professor; and Ali Arnold, chair of the freshman writing program at UNO, as well as leading teachers from across all grade levels and subjects.
“The Greater New Orleans Writing Project has supported teachers and schools for the past 35 years,” said Sarah DeBacher, the director of GNOWP at UNO. “It’s awesome to be there with fellow teachers as they work to meet the Common Core Standards, which heavily favor writing across the curriculum. WriteFest was designed with those needs in mind. And it will be fun!”
Teachers or administrators interested in registering to attend WriteFest should click here >>. Early bird registration is $50 for students and groups of three or more teachers from one school and $55 for individuals. After January 12, registration is $65 for all attendees. The Greater New Orleans Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, is recognized by the State of Louisiana as a “Highly Qualified” provider of teacher professional development. Participants in the conference will receive a certificate for four Continuing Learning Units (CLUs).