Saturday, May 4

Planning Units of Study for a Stellar School Year

9-1 pm, UT Campus, Sanchez Building, $25 entry

Writing Workshop teachers often plan a school year with “units” in mind. These units create a common purpose for their classroom writing communities. 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.”  Come learn about the curricular roads HTWP teachers have paved over the past school year! Topics include units grown from Katherine Bomer’s brilliant book on essay, The Journey is Everything, units focused on students’ existing literacies, units developed to grow all writers, and much more!  This day will prime you with great ideas for the fall — or even for the last few weeks of school! Don’t miss it!

Register here!


Saturday, January 26

Heart of Texas Writing Project’s Annual Conference

9-1 pm, UT Campus, Sanchez Building, $25 entry

Teacher-consultants from HTWP – including fellows from the 2018 Summer Institute – will share important findings from their writing workshop classrooms. These teachers have posed inquiry questions about their classrooms – questions such as “How can I build on student strength? How can I increase student engagement? How can I implement powerful genre studies?” On this day, these teachers will share 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. Come ready to think with like-minded colleagues who continually ask big questions about our craft!


Tuesday, January 15

Reading: Not just turning the pages!

Helping students access meaning and increase higher-order thinking DURING their reading time

Thompson Conference Center, UT Campus, Room 3.102, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Do you have students who seem to be reading, but could get more out of their texts? Do you often wonder how to more effectively coach kids during this critical time — when they are actually reading a text? Then this session is for you. On this day, teachers will learn how to think right alongside students as they are reading, offering strategies that produce life-changing growth. Just as we would trot alongside a young child learning to ride a bike, we can work with kids while they are reading, offering skills and strategies students can apply immediately.

During this special Heart of Texas Writing Project event, veteran teacher/trainer Deb Kelt will help teachers learn how to engage readers with powerful metacognitive strategies, such as creating mental images, making inferences, posing high-level questions, synthesizing, and more. Pulling from Randy Bomer’s groundbreaking work and her extensive teaching experience, Deb will share the habits of mind that readers employ during any reading event – habits that are essential parts of the new ELA TEKS, habits students use while reading any genre. Further, teachers will learn how to build lessons around these habits, helping students see their processes and build on ideas, getting the thinking “outside the skin,” as Bomer says. When students externalize their inner-thinking while reading, teachers can coach all students toward important next steps.

Teachers attending this workshop will leave with a repertoire of strategies for teaching reading, allowing students to dig deeper into their choice silent reading books, book club books, or whole class texts. These strategies empower kids, and these strategies can bring important joy to our classrooms. When kids understand text, they learn to love text!

Questions we will explore together:

*What habits of mind do readers employ to comprehend text? How can we study these habits as teachers, so we can construct powerful lessons?

*As teachers who embrace student choice and culturally sustaining texts, how can we create lessons that help each reader? How do we teach a classroom of students when everyone is reading a different book?

*How can we tap into students’ assets, building bridges toward powerful reading habits?

*How can we use purposeful talk to increase reading engagement and comprehension?

*How can we help all students grow as critical thinkers, ready to participate in a democratic society?

For teachers grades 3-12, though everyone is welcome!

Free parking in the Thompson Center Parking lot (near the LBJ Library)

Cost: $75.00


Please register today!!!


Saturday, August 25, 2018

Launching Our Workshops: Intentions and Practices for an Amazing Year
Let’s kick off a new school year together! This day is a perfect time to set intentions and start practices that will make your writing workshop inspiring and productive all year long.

Join the Heart of Texas Writing Project community on on Saturday, August 25th as we affirm and reconnect to core ideals in our practices by exploring the why, how and what’s next in teaching writing workshop.

Designed for teachers who are new to workshop as well as those with years of experience, this Saturday will offer us time to learn from and share with teachers in grade-level groups. Advanced breakout sessions will include more in-depth discussion of topics such as existing literacies, mentor texts, notebooks, conferring, mini-lessons, and educator advocacy.

We’ll leave the day with strength and inspiration to support our young writers, our colleagues, and each other through a year of challenge, creativity and growth.

Perfect timing to get a boost of inspiration and ideas!


Saturday, October 20

Teachers as Transformative Intellectuals:

Finding hope and forging change through our practices, voices, communities

9-1 pm, UT Campus, Sanchez Building, $25 entry

Saturdays focusing on leadership have been some of our most powerful and popular days — you don’t want to miss this one. This year we’ll look at teacher activism with a variety of sessions, ranging from how to best advocate for authentic literacy practices in our communities and schools, how to combat censorship in our classrooms, how to make our lessons culturally sustaining for all students, how to maintain hope during a stressful teaching life, and how to use our own writing to speak back and bring change. Bring yourself and bring other teachers who are committed to working for a better world!

Register here.

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.


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, 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, 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!

Proceeds may be used in general support of the College of Education.