(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.
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA students to "Pizza With The Prez." Come grab a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President. Pizza while supplies last.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.
Biotechnology, Science and Engineering Building atrium, Main Campus
The College of Engineering Student Council and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce host this fun and education event. Erika Camacho is the keynote speaker. Children and families are welcome.
East Campus Parking Lot, Valero Way, Main Campus
UTSA Arbor Day event where volunteers will plant trees and give away 100 sapling trees to neighbors in the surrounding communities.
Brackenridge Ave. Lot 5, Main Campus
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