(Sept. 15, 2011) -- This Saturday, the San Antonio Writing Project (SAWP) will host “Digital Writing: Byte Write Into It,” the first seminar in its 2011-2012 professional development series. The seminar, which will provide educators ways to teach writing using technology, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 17 at the UTSA Downtown Campus in the Frio Street Building Auditorium (FS 1.406).
“We established the San Antonio Writing Project in 2006 at UTSA as a way to help local teachers improve their overall writing instruction,” said Roxanne Henkin, UTSA professor in the College of Education and Human Development’s Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching and SAWP director. “Under the Writing Project model, teachers teach teachers. Then, the teachers who attend our seminars go back to their schools and share what they learned with their colleagues.”
Educator Chris Navarro will keynote the seminar. Navarro has worked in education since 1998 as a teacher and program coordinator in schools and with non-profit organizations. He is an active participant in the Central Texas Writing Project, has lobbied on behalf of the NWP and is an advocate of charter school reform. Currently, he serves as the program coordinator of a small business called Open Art that provides fine arts enrichment and education services and creative consulting to parents and students, public and private schools, and other types of organizations. He also independently publishes a comic book called "Chicano Superstar”.
The San Antonio Writing Project was established in 2006 by the UTSA College of Education and Human Development’s Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching to improve the writing of K-12 students in the greater San Antonio region, particularly English Language Learners and children from impoverished areas of south Texas. It is one of more than 200 National Writing Project sites that aim to collectively improve writing instruction in K-12 classrooms across the nation.
The digital writing seminar is free for UTSA students, UTSA faculty and SAWP teacher consultants. The cost is $20 for non-SAWP attendees. Participants will receive three professional development credits and should park in an unmarked space in one of the following parking lots: the Durango Loop Lot, Lot D-1, Lot D-2, Lot D-3, Lot D-4, Lot D-5, the Cattleman’s Square Lot or the Monterey Building Lot.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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