Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2014

Greater New Orleans Writing Project Presents WriteFest 2014: Creativity and the Common Core

All-day conference will feature nationally-renowned educators Bruce Ballenger and Barry Lane

The Greater New Orleans Writing Project invites all teachers, literacy professionals, and administrators to WriteFest 2014, an all-day conference focused on writing, creativity, and the Common Core. WriteFest will be held  from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday at the University of New Orleans' University Center.

Join Us!

WriteFest will be held  from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 22 at the University of New Orleans' University Center. Individual admission is $60.

For more information and to register to attend, visit www.gnowp.org.

WriteFest 2014: Creativity and the Common Core will begin with morning refreshments and a celebration of The Greater New Orleans Writing Project's 36th year. Keynote speakers Bruce Ballenger, author of The Curious Writer, and Barry Lane, author of But How Do You Teach Writing?: A Simple Guide For All Teachers, will lead workshops on writing beyond the Common Core, including inquiry-based pedagogy and methods to inspire reluctant writers.

Additional presenters include GNOWP Teacher Consultants Justin Lamb of Team Slam New Orleans presenting on poetry performance; Kathleen Whalen from Partnership for Youth Development presenting on reflective writing and the social-emotional curriculum; Ari Zeiger of Delgado Community College presenting on in-progress conferencing with students; Joshua Jenkins of Sylvanie Williams presenting on storyboarding; as well as leading teachers from across all grade levels and subjects.

In its inaugural year, WriteFest attracted nearly 150 educators from more than 40 schools across southeast Louisiana. "WriteFest is a great opportunity for teachers to learn more about improving student achievement through writing," says Sarah DeBacher, Director of the Greater New Orleans Writing Project. "Plus, it's just a lot of fun."

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 4 Continuing Learning Units (CLUs).

 

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