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NYCWP Teacher to Teacher Conference, 2018 (#T2T18)

New York City Writing Project

Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

NYCWP Teacher to Teacher Conference, 2018 (#T2T18)

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Join the New York City Writing Project for our 20th annual

Teacher-to-Teacher Conference

 



Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, two keynote addresses, and a full day packed with teacher-created and -facilitated workshops and panels on a variety of topics. Select from over 25 sessions designed and facilitated by NYC classroom teachers. These hands on, experiential sessions are guaranteed to provide relevant strategies that will inform your classroom practice.  You will engage in examples of both theory and practice and emerge with strategies that you can immediately bring to your classroom and your students.  We offer workshops and panel sessions that are appropriate for teachers of grades preK-16 and of all content areas.


The morning address will be delivered by Imbolo Mbue. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller, BEHOLD THE DREAMERS, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Blue Metropolis Words to Change Award, and was an Oprah's Book Club selection. Named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and the Washington Post and a Best Book of the Year by close to a dozen publications, the novel has been translated into 10 languages, adapted into an opera, and optioned for a movie.

 


 This event will be photographed.  By registering for this event, you grant permission for the NYCWP to publish photography that may include your image in promotional materials. 


 

MORNING WORKSHOP SESSIONS

1. Youth Voices, LRNG, and New Media Arts (MS, HS, College)

 Paul Allison, Jessica Hernandez-Speer

 

In this workshop, participants will learn an exciting new approach to online blended learning that the New York City Writing Project is helping to develop through its partnership with LRNG. Participants will leave this workshop ready to introduce their students to LRNG playlists and Youth Voices, a student-powered educational and social media platform.

 

 

2. Poetry and Creative Writing (HS)

Lucy Dunphy Barsness, Jordana Weiner


Poets House, a library and literary organization, hosts visiting classes from schools in the five boroughs and beyond. Our students learn to let the power of language envelop them, they respond (rather than analyze), and they discover that poetry can open doors. In this workshop, Poets House educators will guide participants through an iteration of our high school poetry lesson.

 

 

3. Activities that Inspire Authentic Writing at Any Level (preK, ES, MS, HS)

Samantha Crescenzo, Elizabeth Marouk

 

This workshop will provide several highly engaging, easily modified, and widely applicable low stakes writing activities. Learn, play, and discuss activities that will engage all students. This workshop is valuable for any k-12 instructor.

 

 

4. Who Decides What’s True? (HS)

Brittney Date, Dylan Onderdonk-Snow

 

How do we know facts are facts? Who decides history? Do we create laws for the sciences or are they discovered, and what’s the difference? These are the questions our students are asking and in this workshop we will explore how these questions are experienced across the curriculum. How do we “know what we know?”

 

 

5. Bringing Characters to Life Through Puppetry (ES, MS, HS)

Kerry Elson, lisa schaffner

 

In this workshop, participants will learn about helping children plan, write, and perform puppet shows, so they can develop literacy and social skills. Participants will see artifacts from a puppetry curriculum in a first grade classroom, make their own puppets with simple materials, and discuss ways to adapt this work for their classroom. Come play!

 

 

6. My Journey, My Identity: Overlaying Identity Photos with Poems (ES, MS, HS)

Gehan Habashy

 

This experiential workshop will focus on building a sense of identity in conjunction with self-representation. We will explore the theme of self-identification through a gallery walk of politically charged and deeply emotional student work. This workshop will use visual arts and literacy techniques to engage teachers of all disciplines and grade levels.

 

 

7. Writing Rebels: Commit to Teaching the Writing You Believe In (ES, MS, HS)

Nora Kurtz, Jessica Chi

 

This workshop will create a space for teachers to imagine what they’ve always wanted to do or be as a writing teacher. After discussing participants’ writing constraints and dreams, we’ll invite participants to test a few “rebellious” writing moves. From this, students will gain writing experiences that they remember, take home with them, and can’t stop talking about.

 

 

8. The Poet Study: Exploring Poetry with Student Voice and Choice (MS, HS)

Annie Thoms

 

 Does teaching poetry seem daunting? Looking for ways to engage your students by giving them choice and voice in the classroom? The Poet Study offers students a way to take ownership of their work. We will reflect on text selection and assignment design; write, read, discuss student work samples; and share ideas.

 

 

9. "From Me to the World": Bridging Personal Story to Abstract Thought in Student Writing (ES, MS, HS)

Emily Wilkinson, Katie Nagrotsky

 

Students often feel most comfortable describing their own lives. However, when asked to write abstractly, they often struggle. This workshop will demonstrate an approach that affirms student stories as a foundation for all types of writing, bridging personal experience to abstract ideas.

 

 

10. Grading for Liberation: Mastery for all Students (HS)

Laura Winnick

 

This workshop explores mastery-based grading through personal reflection, offering all educators ways to employ tenets in their classroom (even if they are not in a mastery school) by showcasing student work that highlights iteration and revision, and sharing standard-aligned units on Octavia Butler’s Kindred and feminism.

 

11. Language in Motion: Animation for English Language Learning (MS, HS)

Anya Wislocki

 

Participants will work in small groups to experience the various parts of creating stop-motion animation. This will offer different approaches to integrate animation into class work, highlighting non-verbal storytelling and personal histories. Participants will be challenged to consider how they express meaning of a single word--how it looks (design of letter forms) as well as how it moves (choreographing the animation).

  



AFTERNOON ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS

Roundtables do not require registration sign-up. During the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to attend three 20-minute roundtable sessions


Writing Our Future: American Creed: A National Writing Project Publishing Site for Youth across the Country (ES, MS, HS)

Paul Allison


Learn about a project designed by National Writing Project teachers to accompany the PBS documentary “American Creed,” currently available online. Engage young people as they work towards responding to the film through writing, media, or art. Create accounts for youth to publish their work to a national or even international, audience.

 

Making Assignments Matter: What Have We Learned about Assignments? (MS, HS)

Darnese Olivieri, Rachel Priven, Molly Sherman

 Have you ever created a task for students and what students turned in was nothing like what you expected? This roundtable will explore and discuss the challenges and possibilities of crafting assignments that are clear, thoughtful, and engaging which ultimately get students to demonstrate the kind of learning that is happening in your classes.

 

From Laramie to Brooklyn: Using Documentary Theatre Techniques to Spark Community Dialogue and Healing (MS, HS)

Christian Clarke


The Laramie Project, is a documentary theatre where the Tectonic Theatre company interviewed the citizens of Laramie, Wyoming in the aftermath of Matthew Shepard’s murder. In this roundtable we will explore how teachers can use documentary theatre to help students grapple with the serious issues that affect their communities and their lives.

 

The Pen and the Paintbrush! Integrating Art to Promote Writing in the Humanities Classroom (ES, MS)

Amanda Dachille, Ellen Shewmaker

 

How can you use art to encourage the young writers in your classroom to move to publication? Please join this art therapist and special education teacher team as we share and discuss examples that demonstrate the power of art in the humanities classroom.

 

 

Disrupt! Empowering Students (and Teachers) with Voice and Choice (ES, MS, HS)

 Saara Liimatta, Abimbola Kai-Lewis


As curricula, learning standards, and technology continue to change, disruptive innovation and thinking are increasingly important in the world of education. In this roundtable, three educators will share disruptive writing practices they have used to invoke change in elementary and high school classroom settings. Get ready for some productive, inspirational disruption!

 

 

Redefining the Norm: Writing Counter-Narrative Vignettes with The House on Mango Street (HS)

Diana Liu

 How can students counter stereotypes spoken and written about them by society’s single stories? Through a discourse regarding identity and accessing Sandra Cisneros’s vignette "Those Who Don't" in The House on Mango Street,  this interactive session will explore key reading, writing, and questionings, and the resulting student work.

 

 

Disrupting the Continuum: Graphics as Canon (MS)

 David Obanor

Creating positive relationships between struggling readers and texts means leveraging the cultural focus on images. Unfortunately, there is a stigma around teaching graphic novels due to their relationship to comics and picture books. Fostering literacy for today's students means harnessing the potential that exists between students and pictures. We will sample texts, lesson plans, and student work that aim to uncover how teachers encourage student engagement.

 

Youth Voices: See Students Exploring, Composing, and Connecting (MS, HS)

Grace Raffaele

 This roundtable presents an exciting approach to blended learning through the work students have published on the NYCWP’s openly networked Youth Voices website. See how students have engaged in their own learning, published their written and multi-media compositions, and responded to peers with similar interests. Join this roundtable learn how you, too, can raise your student's voices through online research and publishing.

 

Criss-Cross Adult-Sauce: Creating an Online Community of Teacher Voices (ES, MS, HS)

Emily Wilkinson

 Many of us honor student stories within our classrooms, but where do we find space for our own narratives? This roundtable invites participants to explore the School Tales: Online Research and Repository Initiative (STORRI) database as an online publishing community where educators can read and share their stories of practice. Join educators around the world as we reflect upon, highlight, and celebrate our moments of messiness, tension, beauty and brilliance.

 

 

Real Talk: Critical Conversations About Race in the Classroom (MS, HS)

 Ingrid Chung, Angel Rivera

 

In many classrooms across NYC, subjects like race and gender are considered taboo or are only brought up when tragedy strikes. In this roundtable, we will discuss how teachers can engage in these crucial conversations with our young people,  and how they should, particularly as educators devoted to shifting narratives and creating change.

 

 

Voices Without Borders (HS)

 

Priscilla Thomas

 


 

See how a class of newcomers became powerful writers with their own portfolios of multilingual writing that represented their cultural identities. In addition to strategies, student work, and teacher-designed tasks, participants will also discuss the obstacles of engaging students in multilingual writing and helping language-minoritized students value their own voices in the English classroom.

 



 

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Lehman College
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Music Building, East Dining Room
Bronx, NY 10468

Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)


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