October 16, 2015
Free and Open to the Public!
Teachers Earn 5 CPDHs!
Lunch is provided!
On October 16, 2015, we held our 2015 Eastern Illinois Writing Project Institute Day. The Institute Day was held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center on the Campus of Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL.
This free Institute Day included teacher-driven presentations and workshops that allowed both attendees and presenters to share effective ideas and confer with one another, emphasizing our belief that the best teachers of teachers are other teachers.
The 2015 Institute Day focused on collaborative reading and writing in multiple disciplines, including math, science, history, social studies, and technical subjects. Teachers from across disciplines and grade levels will share their teaching ideas in multiple breakout sessions, maintaining a teachers teaching teachers model to creatively meet the Common Core Standards. CCSS addressed will include CC.K-12.W.R.1-10, CC.K-12.R.I.1-10, and CC.K-12.W.1-10.
To highlight this interdisciplinarity across grade levels, we had a wonderful keynote speaker: Troy Hicks. Professor Dr. Troy Hicks is an associate professor of English at Central Michigan University and focuses his work on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology, and teacher education and professional development. A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K–12 colleagues and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms. Hicks directs CMU's Chippewa River Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, and he frequently conducts professional development workshops related to writing and technology. Hicks is author of the Heinemann titles Crafting Digital Writing (2013) and The Digital Writing Workshop (2009) as well as a co-author of Because Digital Writing Matters (Jossey-Bass, 2010) and Create, Compose, Connect (Eye on Education/Routledge, 2014) in addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters.
"It is absurd to imagine that any child will be able to earn a living, let alone contribute to resolving our world's complex problems, without knowing how to read and write. My foundation supports the National Writing Project, so that teachers can be more effective in their efforts to improve literacy to all students" (Isabel Allende)
Please join with Isabel Allende and contribute to the NWP and EIWP E-Campaign to ensure that our site can continue providing summer institutes and professional development for teachers in the Central Illinois Region and nationwide.
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