The Ozarks Writing Project leadership team is excited to invite teachers from all grade levels and content areas to MSU’s campus for the eighth Writing & Thinking Conference—a day of world-class literacy professional development. Our hope is that every teacher leaves energized with easy-to-implement ideas and literacy strategies that will improve student learning in any classroom.
This interview was recorded for the Missouri State Journal program on KSMU Radio.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Check-in will begin at 8:00 AM in PSU, third floor.
Plaster Student Union (Third Floor), Missouri State University
"OWP has transformed the way that I teach writing. Before OWP, I didn't know that teaching writing could be so fun, that students could be so engaged, and that the results of my professional learning with the Writing Project would be so dramatic."
Laurie Buffington, Communication Arts, Laquey High School
Participants can expect the professional development (PD) event to:
- Adhere to the National Writing Project’s core principles, the guideline of the National Council of Teachers of English for professional knowledge for the teaching of writing, and the vision of the Ozarks Writing Project.
- Follow a framework to maximize participant involvement, allow time for processing and thinking and include opportunity for collaboration.
- Include research-based strategies for presentation of content.
- Be sensitive to the specific needs of adult learners.
- Include the expectation of community accountability designed to summarize, make connections and/or create a plan of action or next steps.
- Gather closure feedback from participants at every session to ensure the highest quality PD.
The cost of registration includes your choice of three sessions, all materials, lunch, and a parking pass.
Team of Four: $360
Missouri State University
Session and presenter information will be available September 1.
University of Louisville
Kentucky Writing Project state conference occurs on September 29, 2017. Visit the Kentucky Writing Project's website for more details.
Resources from the Spring 2017 Writing & Thinking Conference
Blended Writing: The Writer as a Storyteller, Artist, Scientist, and Philosopher
Presented by Jaime Brown
Flight Lessons: Teaching Fledgling Writers to Soar
Presented by Terri McAvoy
Linking Literature to Social Action in the High School Classroom
Presented by Dr. Ellen Shelton
Silencing the Crickets: How to Tackle the Tough Stuff (Through Writing)
Presented by Tanya Hannaford & Amanda Wood
Using Online Resources to Develop STEM Literacy
Presented by Dr. Adam Harbaugh
What's Beyond the Five-Paragraph Theme?
Presented by Jean Wolph
Argumentation Planner: Model of Classic Oration
Argumentation Planner: Model of Rogerian Argument
Argumentation Planner: Model of Toulmin System
If You Teach or Write Five-Paragraph Essays—Stop It!
Moves Writers Make When They Organize an Argument
On Demand Writing Packet: Child Beauty Pageants
You Should Not Put Your Child in Beauty Pageants