RIWP's Annual Spring Conference
Saturday, March 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at RIC's Donovan Dining Center
Featuring Thomas Newkirk, University of New Hampshire
in a keynote talk titled: "Minds Made for Stories: How We Really Read and Write Informational and Persuasive Texts"
A former teacher of at-risk students in Boston, Thomas Newkirk is a Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire, where he teaches courses in writing and rhetoric and conducts research in the fields of composition, teacher education, and literacy learning. He is also the Founder and Director, for the past 30 years, of the New Hampshire Literacy Institutes.
His most recent books with Heinemann are The Art of Slow Reading (2011), Holding Onto Good Ideas in a Time of Bad Ones (2009) and Teaching the Neglected "R" (2007, coedited with Richard Kent). His Misreading Masculinity (2004) was cited by Instructor Magazine as one of the most significant books for teachers in the past decade. His other Heinemann and Boynton/Cook titles include the NCTE David H. Russell Award winning Performance of Self in Student Writing (Boynton/Cook, 1997), Taking Stock: The Writing Process Movement in the 90s (Boynton/Cook, 1994, coedited with Lad Tobin), and Nuts & Bolts: A Practical Guide to Teaching College Composition (Boynton/Cook, 1993).
In addition, Tom is coeditor (with Penny Kittle) of Children Want to Write, which is a collection of Donald Graves' most significant writings paired with recovered videotapes that illuminate his research and his inspiring work with children and teachers, and coeditor (with Lisa Miller) of The Essential Don Murray, which gathers the most important insights about writing and teaching writing from "America's Greatest Writing Teacher." Thomas Newkirk has been named the 2010 recipient of the Gary Lindberg Award for his outstanding contributions as a faculty member of the University of New Hampshire.
The RIWP Annual Spring Conference is a professional development opportunity for K-16 teachers looking for innovative ways to inspire and engage students with writing and literacy. Those who attend will have the opportunity to hear from and meet with a nationally regarded leader in teaching, to participate in workshops led by National Writing Project teacher consultants, and to network with other educators from New England.