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2014 Fall Renewal Conference

“Teaching Students in a Time of Standards”Register Now

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 3-7 p.m.

University Readiness Center, USC Upstate

“This is the value of the teacher, who looks at a face and says there's something behind that and I want to reach that person, I want to influence that person, I want to encourage that person, I want to enrich, I want to call out that person who is behind that face, behind that color, behind that language, behind that tradition, behind that culture. I believe you can do it. I know what was done for me.”  —Maya Angelou


In focusing our 2014 Fall Renewal Conference on student-centered instruction, SWP seeks to support classroom teachers as they make their own professional decisions—informed by research and reflection—about how to best foster literacy development in the classroom. We hope to empower teachers to move beyond standards, to believe in their own expertise and in the potential of each and every student.


For more than 30 years, the Spartanburg Writing Project has been working with teachers in Upstate SC and with National Writing Project sites across the country to develop a shared vision for literacy instruction. During the 2012-2013 academic year SWP logged over 12,000 hours of professional development through continuity and in-service programs. Of those teachers who attended our 2014 Invitational Summer Institute, 100% cited improved expertise and excitement for teaching writing.

 Jed Dearybury

Keynote Speaker

Jed Dearybury is an early childhood educator in Spartanburg, SC at Woodland Heights Elementary School, Spartanburg District 6. Currently in his 13th year in education, Jed has been celebrated across the country for his excellence in the profession. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and met President Obama. He was named as SC Honor Roll Teacher (top 5 in SC) and has had over 100 projects funded through Donors Choose.  



$40 per person

Discount available for groups of 20 or more. 

To register, please click here.

Schedule of Events
Registration and Refreshments3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Welcome, Keynote Address4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions 15:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions 26:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Certificates for Recertification7:00 p.m.


An affiliate of the National Writing Project


Contact Us
Tasha A. Thomas, Director
USC Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Office 864-503-5653
Fax 864-503-5825

Additional Resources
The National Writing Project
SC State Council of The International Reading Association
SC Council of Teachers of English
National Council for Teachers of English
SC Department of Education
Hub City Writers Project
Spartanburg Writing Project Blog


The Spartanburg Writing Project is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a national model for professional development with more than 180 sites across the United States and the world.