Lehigh Valley Writing Project to host annual conference

December 13, 2011

CENTER VALLEY, Pa.-- The Lehigh Valley Writing Project (LVWP) will host its annual Best Practices Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Penn State Lehigh Valley campus in Center Valley, Pa.

The conference features interactive workshops and presentations for teachers to share professional teaching practices. The keynote presentation, "From BEING the Book to BEING the Change: Teaching for Love and Wisdom" will be given by Jeff Wilhelm, author of books including, "Inquiring Minds Learn to Read and Write" and "Getting It Right: Fresh Approaches to Teaching Grammar, Usage, and Correctness" (Scholastic). Wilhelm also will sign copies of his books during the conference.

Other features at this year’s conference are workshops by Lynne Dorfman,author of “Nonfiction Mentor Texts: Crafting Effective Introductions and Conclusions,” Kira Baker-Doyle, author of “The Networked Teacher: How New Teachers Build Social Networks for Professional Support,” and Mary Hutchinson sharing a study of writing and English language learners.

The cost of the conference is $45 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. The deadline for registration is January 26, 2012. To register for the conference, or for a complete conference schedule, visit www.lvwp.org.

Keynote speaker Jeffrey Wilhelm is an internationally known teacher, author, and presenter. A classroom teacher for fifteen years, Wilhelm is currently professor of English education at Boise State University. He works in local schools as part of the Professional Development Site Network, and teaches middle and high school students each spring. He is the founding director of the Maine Writing Project and the Boise State Writing Project. He has authored or co-authored 16 texts about literacy teaching. He has won the two top research awards in English Education: the NCTE Promising Research Award for "You Gotta BE the Book" (TC Press), and the Russell Award for Distinguished Research for "Reading Don’t Fix No Chevys." He has worked on numerous materials and software programs for students including Scholastic’s e21 and ReadAbout, and has edited a series of 100 books for reluctant readers entitled The Ten. He is currently researching how students read and engage with non-traditional texts like video game narratives, manga, horror, fantasy, etc., as well as the effects of inquiry teaching on teachers, students, and learning.

Based at Penn State Lehigh Valley's campus in Center Valley, the Lehigh Valley Writing Project is a National Writing Project program dedicated to developing literacy and communication skills. LVWP offers a variety of programs including:

-- Professional development workshops, including teacher in-service programs
-- Penn State graduate credit courses
-- Continuing education seminars
-- The Summer Institute, the cornerstone of every National Writing Project site
-- Summer writing camps for young writers
Outreach programs led by LVWP fellows

For more information, visit the www.lvwp.org, or contact Nancy Coco at 610-285-5026 or nxc4@psu.edu.


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Last Updated December 14, 2011