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2012 Fall Renewal Conference

Fall Renewal 2012 Logo 2“Authentic Reading, Writing and Research: Because Literacy IS the Common Core!”

Featuring  a Panel of Experts on
Common Core State Standards
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 3-7 p.m.
University Readiness Center, USC Upstate

 We all have so much to learn from each other.  Let's integrate, not set the disciplines at each others' throats.” 
~Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein

With the advent of Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and in an effort to address “college and career readiness,” Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects have recently become the mainstream focus of education in America.  Yet, as psychologists Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein argue, “writing, like any other art, teaches the entire range of tools for thinking that are required to be creative in any discipline.” The skills embodied in reading and writing are essential components for success in any field of study. Therefore, we need to expand STEM into STREAM (Science Technology Reading Engineering Arts Math), seamlessly integrating reading and writing into the study of science, technology, engineering and math.

With this in mind, the 2012 SWP Fall Renewal Conference will focus on implementing and assessing CCSS in English Language Arts across all disciplines. Featuring an expert panel discussion including representatives from the SC Department of Education along with 15 concurrent workshop sessions providing practical ideas for classroom application, this unique professional development event will help teachers achieve a better understanding of CCSS and provide them with tools and ideas for making the transition to CCSS more manageable.

SWP hosts annual conferences to provide quality staff development for educators in the Upstate and across South Carolina. Each session is expected to maintain a high quality of professional development, providing our attendees information that can be useful in the classroom or school setting. Sessions are carefully selected to present a broad perspective of improving literacy across the grade spans and instructional areas.

You don’t want to miss this unforgettable event! Register now!

Schedule of Events

3:00-3:50            Registration, Book Browsing and Refreshments

4:00-4:50            Keynote Expert Panel Discussion

5:00-5:50            Concurrent Sessions 1

6:00-7:00            Concurrent Sessions 2

7:00                     Certificates for Recertification Validated 

Registration Fees: $45 General Registration. Discounts available for groups of 20 or more. 

Propose to Present a Concurrent Session.  Proposal Deadline September 14, 2012.

Register Here or Download Flyer and Registration Form. Registration Deadline October 8, 2012.  



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

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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.