UTSA educates teachers at Institute on College and Career Readiness in Writing

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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.