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First National Writing Project Midwest Conference coming to campus Aug. 3-5

July 13, 2018
The first National Writing Project Midwest Conference will take place on the UW-Madison campus from Aug. 3 to 5.

The conference will be hosted by the Greater Madison Writing Project, and offers educators the opportunity to share their work and learn from colleagues in the field. 

The Greater Madison Writing Project is a joint effort between UW-Madison's College of Letters & Science, and the School of Education. It's an affiliate of the National Writing Project, which is a nationally acclaimed professional learning community that puts educators' knowledge, experience and voices at its center.

Midwest Conference logo"There are precious few opportunities for teachers to engage in professional learning that is designed by and for other teachers," says Mark Dziedzic, the director of the Greater Madison Writing Project and an outreach specialist with the School of Education's office of Education Outreach and Partnerships.

"The National Writing Project model has been running strong for over 40 years because of the foundational belief that classroom teachers have deep and sophisticated knowledge grounded in practice, experience, and reflection," says Dziedzic. "We have been running a local summer institute for Madison-area teachers for the last eight years, and we wanted to expand the reach to include and bring together dedicated writing teachers from across the Midwest. 

The conference will focus on four strands of writing project work:

  • Classroom Practices: Emphasis on teaching writing and issues related to teaching writing for practicing educators
  • Site Work & Leadership Development: Emphasis on professional development, innovative institutes, and youth camps
  • College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP)
  • Digital Literacy

For registration information and complete details, visit the ​National Writing Project Midwest Conference website.

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