The National Writing Project Midwinter Conference

The National Writing Project (NWP) at Rutgers University will host the Midwinter Conference on Saturday, Feb. 8. “Write to the Core: Argumentative, Informational, Narrative, and Creative Texts for the K-12 Classroom” is designed for administrators and teachers of all grade levels. Keynoter ​Michael ​Smith ​will lead with ​“Teaching ​to ​Exceed ​the ​Common ​Core ​State ​Standards: ​Developing ​Five ​Kinds ​of ​Knowledge ​through ​Five ​Kinds ​of ​Composing.” 

Morning workshops include:

  • Imagine What’s Possible: Risk-Free Writing for Expository Essays (all grades)
  • Key Pals Keep Them Writing: Using Digital Pen Pals to Motivate Student Writing (elementary)
  • Teaching to the Core in a Developmentally Appropriate Kindergarten (elementary)
  • The Checklist Isn't Working! Peer Conferencing that Works (middle and high school)
  • The Multi Genre Research Project: Imaginative Writing Based on Fact (middle and high school and college)
  • Because Writing Matters: Creating a Culture of Writing in Your School (administrators)

Afternoon workshops include:

  • From Sprinkles To The Ice Cream Factory: Improving Non-Fiction Writing In The Primary Grades (elementary)
  • How to Reach the Writer Who Has Nothing to Write About? The Answer: Mentor Texts (elementary)
  • Making Literature Matter: Using Common Core Listening Standards to Help Students
  • Connect With Literature (high school)
  • Where the Hustle Meets Zumba: Synthesizing Texts and Writing in the Common Core (middle and high school)
  • Remixing the Common Core for the 21s- Century Student (high school)
  • How to Start an Argument: Using Inquiry and Critical Questioning to Help Students Develop
  • Strong Arguments (middle and high school).

Date: Feb. 8
Douglass Campus Center, Trayes Hall, Rutgers University
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
$95 ($85 if registered by Jan. 8)
Dr. Cynthia Pope
732-932-7496 ext. 8300
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walk-ins welcome