OWP Teacher Conference

Summer 2017 Workshops

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38th Annual Teaching of Writing Workshop | June 19 – July 14 | 6 credits

Join us for this four-week workshop and be part of a writing and teaching community where you will study contemporary approaches to teaching writing, explore your own writing, and share best classroom techniques. Class meets Monday through Friday8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, except for the July 4th holiday.

Literacy Toolbox | June 5-23 | 3 credits, hybrid class

Face-to-face meeting dates: June 5 & 16 at Voice of America Learning Center

Much like a carpenter’s toolbox, educators need specific tools to support students and teachers in literacy instruction. In this online-hybrid class participants will investigate, research, reflect on and plan for the use of specific tools that will help their classrooms not only run smoothly, but get the best out of their readers and writers.  Tools to be explored will relate to revision, management, notebooks, feedback and so much more.

Teaching the Essay | June 12 – 22 | 3 credits, on campus class at Voice of America Learning Center 

Compare contrast. Photo. Literary. Rhetorical. Definition. Analysis. Digital. Argument.  

When we think of essays, there are so many possibilities.  So, why do we put essays into such a small category in our classroom?  In this workshop, participants will inquire into the role of essays in the world, the practices for expanding the possibilities of essays in our classroom and the strategies for raising the quality of essays.                                                                              

Fairy, Folk, Fantasy and Sci-Fi: Exploring Tales in the Classroom | June 26 - July 14  | 3 credits, hybrid class

Face-to-face meeting dates: June 27 & July 6 at Voice of America Learning Center

“One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again.”  C.S. Lewis

With this quote, Lewis reminds us that fairy tales, along with folk tales and fantasy and science-fiction, are genres to be read past a young age.  In this hybrid workshop, participants will explore these genres as a way to both engage readers and writers and address literacy standards.  Time will be spent both reading and writing these genres as well as considering the genres’ history, current status, and future in the classroom.

Digital Tools and Texts: Creating Connections for Students and Teachers | July 5 – 28 | 3 credits, online class                                                                                          

Technology can be a powerful tool in students’ lives, but how do we harness that power in classrooms to connect students to larger conversations? In this workshop, participants will engage in an online community to inquire into the pedagogy of using technology, practice strategies for using technology tools and forums in a classroom, and enhance current classroom practices through intentional digital writing and reading. 

Composing Arguments Across Disciplines and Throughout a Day |July 10 – 14 | 2 credits, on-campus class - Voice of America Learning Center

Arguments have become a staple in the English Language Arts classroom, but what about the rest of the day?  Historians and scientists, artists and engineers all make arguments in their practice.  Through resources from the Library of Congress, Smithsonian, Teaching American History, and National Science Foundation, teachers of all content and grade levels will explore ways to support argument writing based in disciplinary content and practices.  

Literacy Interventions: Supporting the Process |July 18 – 20, 2017 | 1 credit, on-campus class - Oxford     

Do you ever feel as if you don’t know how to adjust lessons for all learners?  Do you ever wonder how to meet the goals of students needing a bit more literacy intervention? How do you collaborate with colleagues to support learning and teaching for all students? In this three-day workshop, participants will explore a variety of structures and strategies to support students through effective literacy interventions and practices.