(Jan. 30, 2013) -- The San Antonio Writing Project invites educators from across the San Antonio region to "Writing for a Changing Landscape," its seventh annual teachers conference. Teachers and administrators from across the region can attend the conference free of charge and will earn four professional development credits through the UTSA Academy for Teacher Excellence for their attendance.
The conference will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 in the Frio Street Building Riklin Auditorium (1.402) on UTSA Downtown Campus. Attendees can pick up registration packets the day of the conference as early as 8:15 a.m.
Nationally recognized author Gretchen Bernabei will provide the conference's keynote presentation, "The STARR Genre Unit." She will discuss effective test preparation methods that build upon pedagogical best practices. Bernabei is the author of "Reviving the Essay."
The conference will include breakout sessions by San Antonio Writing Project teacher consultants, allowing seasoned teachers to share strategies that they have found to work in their classrooms. The sessions will address digital communities, creative writing, reflective writing, annotating text and other topics.
The San Antonio Writing Project was established in 2006 as a partnership between the National Writing Project and the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development to improve the writing of Pre-K through college students in greater San Antonio, particularly English language learners. 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.
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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