The UCI Writing Project hosted its Annual Literacy Conference for K-12 Teachers on December 7 at the UCI Student Center. The 2017 theme was "Creating Strategic, Curious, and Collaborative Readers, Writers, and Critical Thinkers." Over 500 educators from Southern California attended for a day of keynote presentations, breakout sessions, reconnecting, and networking. Conference attendees included teachers affiliated with the California Writing Project sites at UC Santa Barbara, Cal State LA, and Cal State San Marcos and partners in the UCI Writing Project's $11,000,000 Investment in Innovations grant project.
The conference opened with a welcome from Dean of the School of Education Richard Arum and from conference host Professor Carol Booth Olson, Director of the UCI Writing Project.
Morning keynotes, The Best Reading Intervention is a Good Book and The Best Writing Intervention is Writing Practice, was delivered by Literacy Consultant Stephanie Harvey.
Participants then had a choice among five workshop offerings:
Following a hosted lunch, Stephanie Harvey presented the afternoon keynote address, The Curious Classroom: Teaching with Student-Directed Inquiry.
Afternoon workshop choices included the following:
Since 1995, more than 12,000 educators have attended the UCI Writing Project's Literacy Conferences. In addition, over 1,000 teachers from 90 local school districts and 14 colleges and universities have participated in the UCIWP Summer Institutes for Teachers, and 35,000+ young people have participated in the UCIWP Summer Youth Program.