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National Reading Initiative Events

What's Next: Possibilities for Literacy and Content Area Learning

A National Reading Initiative Conference

March 5–6, 2010

Hotel Monteleone
New Orleans, Louisiana

This conference examines the intersections of interesting threads of work related to adolescent literacy and content area learning by addressing the following questions:

  • What is a text and what should we know about reading and writing texts in different disciplines?
  • What does strong interdisciplinary work look like?
  • What is the role of inquiry in content area learning?
  • What is discipline-specific in reading and writing?
  • What role do digital literacies play in content area learning?
  • How can writing project sites and schools organize to work toward deeper understanding and new practices?

Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth Birr Moje is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Literacy, Language, and Culture in Educational Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests revolve around the intersection between the literacies and texts youth are asked to study in the disciplines (particularly in science and social studies) and the literacies and texts they experience outside of school. These research interests stem from the start of her career when she taught history, biology, and drama at high schools in Colorado and Michigan.


The conference is free, but you must reserve your place by submitting a refundable deposit along with your online registration (see below). The deposit will hold your registration and will be returned to you when you sign in at the registration table on Friday, March 5. Any registrant who does not attend the conference will forfeit her or his deposit.

Hotel Information

You will be responsible for booking your own hotel room at $200 per night, double or single, plus taxes. The refundable deposit mentioned below is simply to reserve your place at the conference. To book a room, call the hotel's reservation department directly at 800-535-9595 and identify yourself as a National Writing Project guest or attendee.

Registrations are no longer being accepted. To view the original registration information, click here.

Downloadable Files

NRI Pre-Conference Information
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Session Descriptions
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