The New York City Writing Project will host its fourteenth annual Teacher-to-Teacher Conference on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the East Dining Room. The Conference will include thirty workshops on the teaching of writing and two keynote addresses given by Dr. Ernest Morrell, director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, and Juliette LaMontagne, an education and innovation consultant. Registration is required.
Dr. Morrell’s research focuses on using pop culture and new media technologies to engage students and thereby promote academic literacy. He is the author of The Art of Critical Pedagogy: Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools and Critical Literacy and Urban Youth: Pedagogies of Access, Dissent, and Liberation. Dr. Morrell, who is vice president of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), was recently named president of the organization—a position he will hold starting in 2013.
A TED Senior Fellow, LaMontagne is the founder of Breaker, a design-led social entrepreneurship program for 18-24-year-olds. She began her career as a high school English teacher in the New York City public schools and later started an after-school program that combined art, literacy, and activism. Working in this environment allowed her to witness children begin to voluntarily participate in projects and become more actively involved in their communities. Her research focuses on project-based learning.
A program of Lehman’s Institute for Literacy Studies, the NYC Writing Project is a professional development program aimed at improving the teaching of reading and writing. The Institute itself is employed in the advancement of urban education reform. Each year, the Institute engages local schools and teachers in offering programs designed to help them improve their literacy teaching skills.
The $45 registration fee covers breakfast, lunch, and a packed day of workshops, fellowships, and learning. Register at http://nycwp.eventbrite.com/.