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Rural Sites Network Conference

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Rural Sites Network Conference

Weaving Threads of Change: Revisioning Writing in Rural Landscapes

March 9–10, 2007

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Host site: High Plains Writing Project

Come to Albuquerque to explore opportunities and issues facing rural schools. Join a collective dialogue and build ongoing relationships. Consider multiple perspectives on rural education and the many threads that teachers weave together every day to help students achieve and succeed.

Friday Preconference Tours and Reception

» Acoma Pueblo "Sky City": Walk the streets of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the United States, built atop a 400-foot-high mesa. Learn about the culture that the Spanish encountered when they entered the area in the 1500s, and enjoy a traditional Acoma meal. The tour will depart the hotel at 9:00 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. Space is limited to the first 46 participants to register. Price: $50.
» Walking Tour of Old Town Albuquerque: The Albuquerque Hotel is within walking distance of the Old Town Plaza, built 300 years ago. Walk and write with us through the original village founded under Spanish rule in 1706. No cost, lunch not included.
» Reception and gala banquet: Join your colleagues for an evening of entertainment hosted by the High Plains Writing Project.

Saturday Keynote and Sessions

» Keynote speaker: Scott Lyons is assistant professor of writing and rhetoric and Native American studies at Syracuse University. He is also the author of several scholarly essays on indigenous cultural theory, politics and activism, and rhetorical sovereignty.
» Engaging interactive sessions: Participate in sessions that showcase teaching in rural schools, led by teacher-consultants and site directors from across the country.


The deadline for conference registration is now closed.

Session Proposals

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