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NWP Urban Sites Network Conference

Writing Across Borders

April 28–29, 2006

San Diego, California
Host site: San Diego Area Writing Project

Come to San Diego to explore and learn about pressing issues facing urban schools. Join a collective dialogue for two days to examine multiple perspectives on education in a wide range of urban settings and consider the borders that teachers, students, and families must cross every day to help students achieve and succeed.

The San Diego Area Writing Project, conference host, serves an urban region unlike many of the densely populated cities typically associated with the word urban. San Diego's "urban-ness" reaches:

  • to the U.S.-Mexican border, where schools serve predominantly immigrant, native Spanish speakers
  • to the dense inland area of City Heights, where new African, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Eastern European immigrants arrive and settle
  • to the affluent North County, where schools serve small but growing populations of migrant children
  • to the rural mountain and desert communities to the east that are home to many Native American Indian tribes
  • along the coast, with a large concentration of active-duty military personnel.

Urban challenges cross many kinds of borders—national, racial, language, and socioeconomic. Every day teachers must cross these borders in their classrooms to build community among differences and to meet individual needs.

What borders do you cross in your teaching? We invite you to share the experiences and insights you have gained from your work and help others learn how writing can be a powerful tool to navigate the challenges and opportunities that urban borders present.

Conference Highlights

  • Keynote address by Linda Christensen, author of Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching About Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word
  • Several rounds of engaging interactive sessions
  • Visits to local schools and surrounding neighborhoods
  • Writing marathon in historic Old Town San Diego
  • Friday reception and dinner with entertainment

Venue Information

Doubletree Hotel San Diego – Mission Valley
7450 Hazard Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92108
(619)297-5466 or 1-800-222-TREE

For further information, contact Carol Schrammel at the San Diego Area Writing Project at (858) 534-2576 or


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