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NWP Urban Sites Network Conference

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NWP Urban Sites Network Conference

Improving Writing in Urban Schools: A National Agenda

April 20–21, 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 your host for this year's Urban Sites Network Conference in our nation's capital.

Register Now!

The deadline for conference registration is April 10, 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.

Conference Highlights

» Friday
  • Visits to local schools and surrounding neighborhoods
  • Monumental Writing: A writing marathon among the national monuments
  • Creating stories about cities, using a carousel of art forms
  • Memoir Writing: An interactive facilitated conversation with a local DC author
  • Evening reception and dinner with entertainment
  • DCAWP "After Hours"—entertainment and no-host bar
» Saturday
  • Keynote speaker Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings
  • Several rounds of interactive and engaging workshop sessions
  • Annual USN Town Meeting

Session Proposals

If you are interested in presenting a session at the conference, please do the following by February 16, 2007:


For more information, contact Spike Harris at or 510-643-0154.
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