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Educating in the Digital Age: A Celebration of Writing & Literacy

Urban Affairs Coalition and the Philadelphia Writing Project

Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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This October, the Philadelphia Writing Project in partnership with the Urban Affairs Coalition, is proud to announce: Educating in the Digital Age: A Celebration of Writing & Literacy.  This full day of professional development will include breakout sessions, product demonstrations, and expert panels that will highlight and showcase the future of digital and literacy education both in and out of the classroom.

Educating in the Digital Age: A Celebration of Writing & Literacy will highlight promising practices to leverage the tools already in the hands of teachers and introduce new, accessible, and affordable (free/low cost) software and platforms to support their work. We want to connect teachers and educators with easy "plug and play" resources to make it easier to integrate the use of technology in the classroom, allowing more learning possibilities for students. 

Breakfast, lunch, and reception is included. Please find the agenda 'at a glance' below. For full program details, please visit: http://bit.ly/EDASCWL2014

Also, please note that the 2nd floor of Penn GSE is not handicap accessible however the rest of the building will be! 
 

AGENDA AT A GLANCE: 

8 - 8:35 a.m. Registration and Coffee

8:35 - 9:35 a.m. Opening Remarks

Emcee: Vince Lattanzio, NBC

Featured Speakers:
Diane Waff, Philadelphia Writing Project (PWP)
Arun Prabhakaran, Urban Affairs Coalition
Robert F. Smith, Comcast
Matt Kay, Science Leadership Academy and Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Plenary: Open Source Education

Moderator: Claire Robertson-Kraft, PhillyCORE Leaders

Panelists:
Christian Kunkel, Slate
Dr. Barbara Kurshan, Penn Graduate School of Education
Christopher Rodgers, Greene Street Friends School 

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions A

  • Featured Session: Using the Declaration of Independence to teach Argumentative Writing to Middle and High School students
  • Utilizing Mentor Texts to Write Informational Pieces in the K-2 classroom
  • I Like Your Art Because . . .
  • Mashed Media Guide: A Toolkit for Incorporating Youth Media in the Classroom
  • Creative Place Making for Multi-literacies—Promoting Refugee Teen’s Artistic Expression, Storytelling and Community-Building
  • It’s Elementary: Reading and Writing with Technology
  • CLOSED SESSIONS:
    • Invitational Summer Institute – Fels Strand
    • Invitational Summer Institute – ELL Strand
    • Summer Institute for Principals
    • New School Models
       

11 a.m. - noon Breakout Sessions B

  • Featured Session: Using the Declaration of Independence to teach Argumentative Writing to Middle and High School students
  • Tools and Software in the Classroom:ProfessorWord
  • Remember the book that made you an activist?: Creating Novel Units for Social Justice Teaching
  • Girls on Fire & Boys Write Now: Conversations About Engaging 7th to 12th Grade Girls and Boys in Spaces Created Specifically For Them
  • Multiple Genres, Multiple Voices: Using Multigenre Writing in the Middle School Classroom
  • Using Poetry and Story to Connect Your Younger Self with Your Students
  • CLOSED SESSIONS:
    • Invitational Summer Institute – ELL Strand
    • Summer Institute for Principals


12:15 - 1 p.m. Lunch

1 - 1:45 p.m. Plenary Panels

  • Writing as Making: Perspectives from Students  
  • Hang Out. Mess Around. Geek Out: Recess-Style Tech Club


2 - 3 p.m. Breakout Sessions C

  • Tools and Software in the Classroom: EdConnective
  • Tools and Software in the Classroom: FastFig
  • Tools and Software in the Classroom: Scholly
  • Going from Screens to Windows: Technology as Part of a Real-World Philadelphia Curriculum
  • Engaging Students in Kamishibai Performance: An Emerging New Literacy
  • Digital Storytellers in the K-2 Classroom
  • It’s Alive! Promoting Student Voice Through Writing in the Secondary Classroom and Beyond
  • Walk for Literacy/Philadelphia Writing Project volunteer opportunities
  • Crystal Balls, Sphinxes, and Mummies...Oh My! Educational Opportunities at the Penn Museum


3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks by Melanie Harris, CIO, Philadelphia School District

4 - 5 p.m. Reception



PRESENTED BY

UAC 
PWP

 



PRESENTING SPONSOR

Comcast

 



PARTNERS

SDP       GSE

 



Have questions about Educating in the Digital Age: A Celebration of Writing & Literacy? Contact Urban Affairs Coalition and the Philadelphia Writing Project

When & Where


University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
3700 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)


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Urban Affairs Coalition and the Philadelphia Writing Project

The Urban Affairs Coalition and the Philadelphia Writing Project have teamed up to provide area teachers the strongest possible program covering the newest and best educational practices both in the classroom and beyond.

The Urban Affairs Coalition unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiatives to improve the quality of life in the region, build wealth in urban communities, and solve emerging issues. 

The Philadelphia Writing Project is a growing teacher network of over 700 teacher consultants who work in a variety of ways with teachers and other educators to explore literacy, writing, teaching, and learning in their classrooms and schools regardless of grade or discipline.

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