National Writing Project

Don't Miss This Year's Annual Meeting in Nashville

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 11, No. 2
Date: 2006

Summary: As always, the annual meeting offers a rich variety of workshops and events; one difference this year is that advance registration is required for all workshops.

 

Plan now to join hundreds of NWP colleagues this year at NWP's Annual Meeting in Nashville, November 16–18. The NWP Annual Meeting provides a chance for site leaders and teacher-consultants from writing project sites across the country to share ideas about teaching, explore strategies to support and extend the work of their sites, and discuss national trends and issues that affect the teaching of writing.

This year's meeting will include more than 60 interactive site development and technology liaison workshops and demonstrations of successful practice—all conducted by writing project directors, site leaders, and teacher-consultants.

Special events such as receptions, reunions, and opportunities to network with colleagues continue to be a vital part of the Annual Meeting. On Saturday, November 18, NWP will sponsor a strand of sessions on the NCTE program under the theme of Encourage Writing.

While the program will be much the same, those of you who have attended in the past will notice a slightly revised program schedule. This year, all of the workshops will be three hours long, offering an opportunity for an in-depth look at the issues and topics being considered. Also, since advance registration is required for all of the workshops, you will be able to better plan your schedule and coordinate workshop attendance with those attending from your site.

Workshop registration opens on September 1. Please visit the Annual Meeting page for the latest updates about the meeting.

Hotel Information


NWP's Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with the NCTE Annual Convention in Nashville, which runs from November 16 to 21. NCTE's meeting will be located at Gaylord's Opryland Resort and Conference Center. NWP participants should book hotel rooms at Opryland or other Nashville hotels through the NCTE Nashville Housing Bureau.

NWP will hold all Annual Meeting events at the Nashville Airport Marriott and will provide frequent shuttle service between the Nashville Airport Marriott and Opryland on Thursday and Friday.

2006 NWP Annual Meeting Overview

Thursday, November 16

Morning and afternoon rounds of in-depth site development workshops are designed by members of NWP's special-focus networks, initiatives, and programs as well as by site leaders from across the network. These workshops will provide an opportunity for site leaders and teacher-consultants to focus on areas of interest in their continuing work to strengthen local sites. Registration for these workshops opens on September 1.

At the end of the day on Thursday, everyone is invited to join in a social hour hosted by NWP's special-focus networks.

Friday, November 17

A rich variety of opportunities and possibilities are available on Friday. The day begins with a coffee hour starting at 7:30 a.m. The General Session, open to all, will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Following the General Session, participants can choose among several options for the afternoon. These include:

Technology Liaison Workshops
A focused strand of site development workshops is offered by the Technology Liaisons (TL) Network, whose goal in these sessions is to help TLs and other writing project site leaders to better understand the ways in which technology can be used to support the work of local sites. In workshops focused on the core work and mission of writing project sites, technology liaisons will be able to share knowledge with members of the TL Network and other participants. Registration for these workshops opens on September 1.

Site Development Workshops
Several site development workshops of special interest to teacher-consultants and site leaders will be available from 1:00 to 4:00 on Friday afternoon. Registration for these workshops opens on September 1.

Writing Marathon
Interested participants may want to join other writers for a writing marathon around downtown Nashville from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Registration for the writing marathon opens on September 1.

Other Possibilities
This afternoon is also a good opportunity to attend NCTE sessions and visit the NWP booth and other exhibits at the NCTE Exhibition Hall at Opryland. The day concludes with the NWP Social at the Nashville Airport Marriott.

Saturday, November 18

NWP program and network leadership team meetings are held throughout the day on Saturday. The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention will include a strand of sessions, Encourage Writing, led by NWP presenters.

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