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2008 Urban Sites Network Conference

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2008 Urban Sites Network Conference

Reading and Writing for Understanding and Social Change in the Urban Classroom

April 25–26, 2008

Denver Marriott City Center
Denver, Colorado
Host site: Denver Writing Project

The Denver Writing Project at the University of Colorado at Denver and the university's Health Sciences Center are proud to serve as your hosts for this year's Urban Sites Network Conference. Join urban educators from across the country to explore how reading and writing leads to understanding and social change in urban classrooms.

Register Now!

The deadline for conference registration is April 2, 2008. Download the registration information and form (PDF).

Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Richard Sterling is executive director emeritus of the National Writing Project and adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Graduate School of Education. Mr. Sterling organized the first Urban Sites Network meetings of writing project sites starting in 1987, and has been a strong supporter of urban education issues since his early years as the founder and director of the Institute for Literacy Studies at Lehman College, City University of New York, and the founder and director of the New York City Writing Project and the New York City Mathematics Project.

Since 2003, Mr. Sterling has chaired the advisory group to the College Board's National Commission on Writing for America's Families, Schools, and Colleges. His publication highlights include co-authoring "The National Writing Project: Scaling Up and Scaling Down," published in Expanding the Reach of Reform: Perspectives from Leaders in the Scale-Up of Educational Reform (RAND 2004).

Louann Reid, Professor of English, Colorado State University

Dr. Louann Reid directs the English Education Program at Colorado State University and has been editor of the English Journal for the past five years. The July 2007 English Journal was a themed issue on Teaching in Urban Schools. During the first three years under her editorship, English Journal has included a column on urban education. Dr. Reid has coauthored or co-edited nine books for NCTE and Heinemann. She taught high school English and drama for 19 years.

Conference Highlights

» Friday
  • Visits to local schools and surrounding neighborhoods
  • A writing marathon in Denver's Writer Square
  • An interactive facilitated conversation with Dr. Louann Reid on writing for publication
  • A guided walking tour with historian Kevin Rucker
  • Evening reception and dinner with entertainment
  • Post-dinner gathering, "DWP After Hours"
» Saturday
  • Keynote speaker Richard Sterling, executive director emeritus of the National Writing Project
  • Several rounds of interactive and engaging workshop sessions
  • Annual USN Town Meeting

Downloadable Files

Registration Information and Form
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