Saturday, September 23, 2017
Starting a Writer’s Workshop: Common Problems, Practical Solutions
9:00am-1:00pm UT Campus/Sanchez Building
How can you effectively launch a writing workshop in your classroom? On this day, excellent writing teachers from area schools will show you how. This mini-conference will include the basics of workshop structures, as well as breakout sessions on troubleshooting key components of writing workshop. Writing teachers will share experiences, organizational strategies, rituals and routines, as well as essential ideas and lessons for getting the writing workshop up and running well. Participants will also have opportunities to plan for their own classrooms, with consultation from HTWP teacher leaders and participating teachers. This day will be valuable for K-12 teachers who want to create autonomous and authentic writing experiences for their students. Don’t miss it!
Download our flyer here and spread the word to other area teachers and schools!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Units of Study in the Writing Workshop
9:00 am-1:00 pm UT Campus/Sanchez Building
Writing Workshop teachers often plan a school year with “units” in mind. These units create a common purpose for their classroom writing communities. Many teachers use genre studies for their units, but that’s not the only possibility for a rich school year. Isoke Nia has written, “A unit of study in writing … is a line of inquiry – a road of curriculum, a trail of teaching, an excursion of knowing something about writing.” This day will explore the different units of study teachers can implement. For example, some teachers create units where students
focus on deep revision. A unit of study can focus on students’ existing literacies. Helping kids grow stronger with their writing stamina could make a powerful unit of study. Come learn about the variety of units HTWP teachers have planned for a vibrant school year!
Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:00-1:00 pm UT Campus/Sanchez Building
Teacher-consultants from HTWP – including fellows from the 2017 Summer Institute – will share their best practices in writing workshop instruction. These teachers have asked important questions about their classrooms – questions such as “How can I build on student strength? How can I increase student engagement? How can I improve my practice in writing instruction?” On this day, HTWP consultants will share their inquiry, their journey, their thinking. Workshop teachers of elementary, middle and high school will both inspire and provide practical strategies for teaching, leading, understanding, assessing and managing writing classrooms.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Audience for All! The Power of Publication in a Multilingual Writing Classroom
9:00 – 1:00 pm UT Campus/Sanchez Building
When we help students identify authentic audiences for their writing, they grow their writing in important ways. Students who publish outside of the classroom exhibit new motivation and purpose throughout the writing process. On this day, experienced teachers of multilingual learners will share their experiences with process writing
that leads to meaningful publication opportunities. Sessions will encourage participants to plan for authentic audiences and create publication forums for all writers – and especially our multilingual writers. Teachers of all grade levels are encouraged to come.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Integrity, Professionalism and Leadership: Staying Strong Through a Teaching Journey
9:00 – 1:00 pm UT Campus/Sanchez Building
Teaching in a system with high-stakes testing, canned curriculum and deficit philosophies can sometimes seem overwhelming. Together we can protect and reclaim the work we all hold dear. Teachers in this workshop will share practices that help them, even during their most difficult days. Topics include: starting and sustaining a teacher study group; using inquiry to grow your craft; building community with fellow teachers and colleagues; maintaining a writing life during the busy school year. Please come and spread the word to your friends and colleagues.
Proceeds may be used in general support of the College of Education.