RI Writing Project conference at RIC March 12

The Rhode Island Writing Project at Rhode Island College will hold its annual Spring Conference for K-16 educators on Saturday, March 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Donovan Dining Center.

Kelly Gallagher
The conference is a professional development opportunity for teachers looking for new, innovative ways to inspire and engage students with writing. Participants will have the opportunity to hear a nationally recognized teacher-leader, to participate in best-practice workshops and to network with other educators.

Kelly Gallagher, author of "Teaching Adolescent Writers" and "Readicide," is the keynote speaker. His address, “The Importance of Modeling in Building Writers,” will offer modeling strategies that allow students opportunities to “write like a reader and read like a writer.” Gallagher’s conference workshop, “Assessment That Drives Better Student Writing,” will focus on alternative methods for assessing student writing.

The conference will also offer participants two 60-minute sessions of workshops, with a menu of choices within each session. Among the workshop titles are “The Digital Schoolhouse,” “Critical Literacy: Questioning the Power,” “Bringing Creativity and Student Choice Into Your Classrooms,” and “Writer’s Café for Elementary Students.”

The mission of the Rhode Island Writing Project is to improve the teaching of writing in schools. Over one thousand teachers have participated in RIWP programs since 1985. These teachers bring new ideas and inspirations to their colleagues and classrooms in Rhode Island’s schools.

Registration is $60 for teachers who register before the conference, $20 for students and $75 for walk-ins. Registration includes a light breakfast and lunch. CEUs will be available.

For further information or to register, please go to our website at http://www.ric.edu/riwp/programs_springconference.php or contact Jennifer Cook at riwp@ric.edu.