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UCI Writing Project Hosts 22nd Annual Literacy Conference for Teachers

Over 500 educators attended UCI Writing Project's 22nd Annual Literacy Conference for Teachers, held December 13, 2016, at the UCI Student Center. The conference theme was "Teaching Better by Design: Helping Students to Dive Deep as Readers and Writers."

UCI School of Education Dean, Professor Richard Arum, welcomed the educators to UCI. His opening remarks, which included a reference to Bertol Brecht's poem "When Evil Comes Like Falling Rain", centered on the importance of English instruction for preparing students for critical thinking and effective written communication -- essential competencies for not just labor market success, but democratic citizenship.

Following the interactive keynote address delivered by Deborah Appleman (Carlton College) and Jeffrey Wilhelm (Boise State University), participants attended one of five morning workshops (their choice):

  • Who's Doing the Work? How to Say Less so Readers Can Do More (Grades K-8)
  • Scaffolding Instruction for All Learners in the Writing Workshop (Grades K-8)
  • From Nursey Rhymes to Shakespeare: Borrowing Text Structures to Navigate Reading and Empower Writing (Grades K-12)
  • Teaching Argument Writing (Grades 4-12)
  • Getting Practical: Using Readers Rulers of Notice to Navigate Fiction (Grades 4-12)
  • Learning to Love Nonfiction: Lessons from a Literature Teacher's Playbook (Grades 6-12)

The afternoon keynote address was delivered by Jim Burke (Burlingame High School English Teacher): "Writing Better by Design: We are Teachers, NOT Technicians."

Afternoon workshops included the following options:

  • They Grew Up Reading and Writing: Giving Students Authentic Reasons to Read Informational Text Closely (Grades 1-8)
  • Grammar Keepers: How to Use a Daily Journal Routine to Teach Grammar Thoroughly (Grades 3-12)
  • The Power of Peers: Organizing and Managing Peer Conferences in Writing Workshop (Grades 4-12)
  • The Role of Poetry in Our Curriculum and in Students' Lives (Grades 4-12)
  • Getting Practical: Using Readers Rules of Notice to Navigate Nonfiction (Grades 4-12)
  • Teaching Better by Design: How Technology Made Me a Better Teacher (Grades 6-12)

Additional information about keynote addresses, workshops, and presenters

In addition to the yearly literacy conference in December, the UCI Writing Project offers summer programs for teachers and youth.

  • Summer Institute for Teachers: 2017 Application
  • Summer Workshops for Teachers
  • UCI Summer Youth Program, now in its 34th year, for grades Kindergarten through high school
  • SAT Preparation, for high school students

Refreshments Keynote 1

Dean Richard Arum Welcome Director Carol Booth Olson Welcome

Workshop Presentation Workshop Presentation

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Workshop Presentation Keynote Address 2