The 2019 conference featured two keynote speakers: Kelly Gallagher, English Language Arts teacher at Magnolia High School, Anaheim, California, and Penny Kittle, Teaching Lecturer in English, Plymouth State University, who together co-authored 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents.
“Gallagher and Kittle collaborated for an entire school year: planning, teaching, and reflecting within their own and each other's classrooms in California and New Hampshire, then published what they learned in 180 Days," Olson said. “We are delighted to have the two master teachers on hand.”
Gallagher and Kittle co-delivered the morning keynote, entitled, “Motivating Young Writers: Relevance, Engagement, and Agency.”
"By considering classroom condition grounded in these key principles - relevance, engagement, and agency - we can help writers construct identities of power and opportunity and to challenge themselves through meaningful talk in writing groups both inside and outside our classrooms," Gallagher said.
Following the morning keynote address, attendees expressed their appreciation for the benefits they receive from the annual conferences.
The afternoon keynote address, also delivered by Gallagher and Kittle, was entitled “Motivating Young Readers: Strategies for Engaging Inquiry with Books.”
"There is a big difference between compliant readers and engaged readers," Kittle said, "and there are strategies for moving all students — including those who have lost their momentum as readers — into engaging inquiry with books."
Following the keynote addresses, Kittle was effusive in her praise of the annual writing conference.
"Professor Olson has supported and empowered such an incredible group of educators," Kittle said. "The quality of talk about writing is better than anywhere... so impressive."
Workshops included the following:
View images from the 2019 Literacy Conference here.
The 26th Annual Literacy Conference for Teachers will be held in December 2020.
ABOUT THE UCI WRITING PROJECT
Established in 1978, UCI Writing Project is the 13th site of the California Writing Project and the oldest of the Subject Matter Projects on the University of California, Irvine campus. Located in UCI's Graduate School of Education, UCIWP is one of 200 sites of the National Writing Project. UCIWP has trained 800 teachers/consultants from 85 local school districts and twelve colleges and universities. Additionally, the project has trained 675 teachers in its open program on Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking, and 600 teachers in the Governor's Professional Development Institutes. The project has reached over 20,000 teachers via conferences and inservice programs. It was the first California Writing Project site to create a summer youth program, which has grown from 35 students and 2 teachers in 1984 to more than 2500 students and 200 teachers in 2013. UCIWP has been hosting a yearly conference since 1995.