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Teachers: Help Students Become Confident Writers
UTSA

January, 2012

At a time when budgets are tight and classroom morale is tough, how can teachers develop a passion for writing among their students?

The San Antonio Writing Project (SAWP) invites educators to attend “Avoiding Writicide: Valuing Writing in Tough Times,” its sixth annual teachers conference, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at the UTSA Downtown Campus in the Frio Street Building Auditorium (FS 1.406).

Respected educator Jeff Anderson will deliver an inspiring keynote presentation that will urge educators to look at writing in a new light. Anderson has worked with struggling writers from kindergarten to high school, focusing in particular on students in the critical writing stages of fourth through eighth grade and those in inner-city schools. His is a frequent speaker on the national education circuit and is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English. He is also the author of Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage and Style into Writer’s Workshop.

At the conference, teachers will also learn about writing techniques that have been tested by in the classroom and proven to inspire a love for writing in even the most unmotivated students. In addition, a variety of presentations will focus on various parts of the writing process.

“With a focus on state and national standards, it is easy for teachers to discount the importance of writing practice, except for the grades in which writing is tested,” said Roxanne Henkin, professor of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development and SAWP director. “This conference will breathe life into writing lessons. Teachers will take away tools they can use to inspire their students to embrace writing and strengthen their critical thinking skills.”

The San Antonio Writing Project was established in 2006 as a partnership between the National Writing Project and the Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching department of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development to improve the writing of Pre-K through college students in the greater San Antonio region, particularly English Language Learners and children from impoverished areas of south Texas. It is one of more than 200 National Writing Project sites that aim to collectively improve writing instruction in K-12 classrooms across the nation.

Participants will receive three professional development credits and should park in an unmarked space in one of the following parking lots: the Durango Loop Lot, Lot D-1, Lot D-2, Lot D-3, Lot D-4, Lot D-5, the Cattleman’s Square Lot or the Monterey Building Lot. See campus map.

For more information, visit www.SanAntonioWritingProject.org or contact UTSA Professor Roxanne Henkin at 210-458-5427.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and one of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA serves nearly 31,000 students in 135 degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. For more information, visit www.utsa.edu/today.



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