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(July 7, 2011)--The San Antonio Writing Project (SAWP) in the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching recently hosted the "2011 Summer Open Institute on College and Career Readiness in Writing" for teachers at the ESC Region 20 Conference Center.

Texas educators now face a more rigorous landscape with the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). STAAR is closely aligned with the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards.

The fourth annual institute, free and open to college, high school, middle school and GED teachers, addressed the new alignment of standards and assessment toward college readiness and what it means for English teachers.

Participants discussed college readiness in the area of writing and learned about the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards implications on curriculum and assessment.

Activities included reading and discussing what is college level writing, visiting college composition classrooms and talking with faculty, demonstrations of successful writing lessons and special presentations on developing writing lessons on college readiness.

Fred Kemp, professor of English at Texas Tech University, and former Writing Program Administrator was the keynote speaker.

Participants received 30 Professional Development Credits certified by the Academy for Teaching Excellence at UTSA.

Founded in 2006, SAWP is part of the National Writing Project with over 200 sites across the United States. It's designed to have teachers teaching best practice writing to each other. Students in classes of the writing project teachers consistently score higher on their writing exams.

 

 

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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