(July 1, 2010)--The San Antonio Writing Project, housed in the Department of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, will offer two one-week institutes for local teachers. The third annual open institute, "Crossing to College: What is College Readiness in Writing and How Do We Get There?" is July 19-23 at St. Philip's College. A second event, "Randolph I.S.D. Open Institute on Writing Across the Curriculum," is July 26-30.
The first institute will focus on college readiness in the area of writing. Many students pass TAKS and graduate high school or get a GED, yet when accepted into a college are placed in developmental English classes or fail the Freshman Composition class. The institute will discuss how to increase the number of high school graduates and produce better writers. The institute is free, thanks to the support of UTSA, Region 20 and Alamo Colleges.
The second institute will focus on critical issues in the classroom such as promoting writing in K-12 classrooms, assuring social equity in diverse classrooms and promoting writing across the curriculum. There will be teaching demonstrations by Honor Moorman, Nora Gonzales and Lennie Irvin and a talk by local author Diane Gonzales Bertrand. The cost for this institute is $125.
The local affiliate of the National Writing Project, the San Antonio Writing Project (SAWP) is a nonprofit organization that promotes effective teaching of writing in San Antonio area schools from pre-kindergarten through the university level. The main activities of SAWP are the summer institute, development and leadership opportunities for teachers, in-service faculty development for local schools and summer Young Writers' Camps for area youth.
For more information about the summer institutes and to register, visit the San Antonio Writing Project website.
>> Download a brochure on the San Antonio Writing Project website.
For more information, contact San Antonio Writing Project at 210-458-7283.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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