Rhode Island Writing Project's Spring Conference, March 10

The Rhode Island Writing Project will sponsor its annual Spring Conference on Saturday, March 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Donovan Dining Center. The conference theme is “Literacy and the Common Core.”

Keynote speaker Jeff Wilhelm is the author of “Teaching Literacy for Joy and Wisdom, “Readin’ Don't Fix No Chevys,” and “You Gotta BE the Book.” He is an associate professor of English at Boise State University in Idaho where he also directs the Boise State Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project.

The RIWP Spring Conference attracts over 200 teachers to RIC every spring for a full day of workshops on teaching reading, writing and literacy in the content areas. With the Common Core State Standards going into full effect in Rhode Island by 2014, teachers across the state are eager to learn thoughtful and creative ways to implement the new standards while maintaining their students’ engagement in the classroom.

“The conference is a professional development opportunity for teachers looking for innovative ways to inspire and engage students with writing,” said Jennifer Cook, director of the RIWP. “Those who attend will have the opportunity to hear from and meet with a nationally regarded leader in teaching, to participate in varied workshops, and to network with other educators.”

This year’s conference features workshops such as “Science and English: A Collaborative Teaching Approach to Common Core Literacy,” “Igniting the Fire: Motivating Middle Grade Writers,” and “Can't we just READ? A Hands-off Approach to Teaching the Novel in High School.”

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.

Conference registration is $60 in advance, $75 day of the conference, and $20 for students with college ID. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and professional development credits (6), approved by RIDE, will be available to participants at the end of the conference. Please visit our website for more information and for details about how to register in advance: http://www.ric.edu/riwp/programs_springconference.php.