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Sunday, March 04, 2007

DC Area Writing Project to Host National Conference

Urban Sites Network
NWP Urban Sites Network Conference
Improving Writing in Urban Schools: A National Agenda
April 20 - April 21, 2007 Washington, District of Columbia Host site: District of Columbia Area Writing Project
Join us in Washington, DC to help us further a national agenda to improve the teaching of writing in urban schools. The DC Area Writing Project (DCAWP) at Howard University is proud to serve as host for this year’s Urban Sites Network Conference in our nation’s capital.

As a network of writing project sites, the Urban Sites Network (USN) links urban teachers and writing project leaders across the country to improve the teaching of writing and learning for urban children. The Urban Sites Network, established in 1988, promotes site development among member projects, builds community and colleagueship among teacher leaders from urban school districts, large and small, and sponsors programs of national interest. USN takes a special interest in teacher inquiry and professional development and supports the sharing of promising classroom practices for the teaching of writing through online discussion forums, conferences and retreats, and minigrant programs, all of which broaden the fund of teacher knowledge and expand the dissemination of urban teacher research.

Register Now!
The deadline for conference registration is April 1, 2007. Download the registration information and form (PDF).
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings
Gloria Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the 2005–2006 president of the American Educational Research Association. Ladson-Billings’ research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students. She also investigates Critical Race Theory applications to education. She is the author of the two critically acclaimed books, The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children and Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms, and has published many journal articles and book chapters.
For more, read a profile of Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings.

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