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Teachers Explore Literacy Issues at Netherlands Conference

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 5, No. 5
Date: November-December 2000

Summary: Photos from the Global Conversations on Language and Literacy conference held in Utrecht, The Netherlands.


Three hundred educators from 31 countries came together this summer for the Fourth International Conference for Global Conversations on Language and Literacy in Utrecht, The Netherlands, sponsored by NCTE, NWP, and DoDDs. In active sessions designed to stimulate wide-ranging conversations, participants found inspiration, new perspectives, and a chance for further reflection on the teaching and studying of literacy.

Featured speaker George Hillocks, Jr., of the University of Chicago, Illinois, gives a presentation at "Substance Matters: Teaching Argument as Inquiry."
Award-winning educator and internationally known speaker and writer Lisa Delpit takes a moment to relax just before she gives her keynote address.
The Global Conversations conference in The Netherlands was designed so teachers from every country could get together and talk. Here, conference co-chairs Sherry Swain and Chris Anson enjoy the closing reception of a very successful conference.
Mary Kay Deen of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, tells Sherry Swain, director of the Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute, about her success with portfolios in her second grade class at the "Celebration of Effective Practices" session.






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