(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.
Throughout the summer, UTSA offers more than 60 camps in science, engineering, architecture, sports, music, writing, language, culture and more.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Chat with members of the Downtown Campus Initiative Task Force about changes taking place as the Downtown Campus grows and transforms to offer a comprehensive living and learning experience. Table topics will include curriculum changes, orientation updates, transportation, food and living options.
Frio Street Building Commons Area, Downtown Campus
UTSA and the San Antonio Express-News will jointly host this town hall meeting to discuss Unequal Justice in Bexar County and in Texas.
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.
Various locations, Main Campus and Downtown Campuses
Finance and Budget Modeling Task Force presents a panel presentation of experts from 4 universities with experience in incentive-based budgeting. All UTSA campus community is invited to attend and be informed about budgeting processes.
Business Building Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
This event showcases the work of trainees, faculty, staff and students from multiple disciplines and public health agencies across San Antonio.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104), Main Campus
This exhibit highlights the UTSA Special Collections, which includes historic photographs from Texas, San Antonio and UTSA history.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Come learn about the benefits available before the enrollment period July 15-31.
Business Building University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
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