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Saturday 10/17/15 – Teaching of Writing Festival at Suffolk County Community College

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Saturday, October 17th from 9:00am-2:00pm

The third Teaching of Writing Festival will be held at Suffolk County Community College (Ammerman Campus, Selden NY) on Saturday October 17th from 9:00am-2:00pm through the auspices of the Ammerman English Department. This conference/festival is for teachers, students, and administrators to learn, share, and celebrate different approaches to the teaching of writing.

We are inviting teachers and students from local high schools, colleges, and universities to explore the diversity of academic writing and how we can bridge the gaps between high schools, two year colleges, and four year universities. Giving the keynote address at the Teaching of Writing Festival will be noted curriculum theorist, teacher, and author Peter Adams. We are honored that Dr. Adams will be sharing the day with us. Dr. Peter Adams is the nation’s preeminent authority on the application of the co-requisite model of academic support in the instruction of college-level English joining us as our keynote speaker. The Accelerated Learning Project (ALP), which he founded, concurrently enrolls students in college-level English and a developmental English course during the same semester. ALP has become a national model and is now implemented at over 90 campuses across the country (including the Ammerman Campus).

Certificates of participation will be issued for all attendees.

These professional development workshops will be given by faculty from teachers across Long Island to give our conference/festival a more diverse program. We are currently soliciting proposals for workshops and presentations on teaching writing. Proposed workshops  include syllabus construction, creating high school writing centers, college writing centers, evaluating student writing, assessing student performance and progress, BRIDGE programs, developmental writing, creating in class assignments, successful writing prompts, academic integrity/plagiarism, collaborations between high schools, two year, and four year schools, teaching for/against COMMON CORE, writing beyond COMMON CORE, and research and revision preparation for multiple writing situations. We are also inviting students to participate as well so that faculty can gain more holistic and practical insights into the writing process and how teachers and students conceive, perceive, and live writing in all aspects of academic, civic, and community life. The Teaching of Writing Festival will provide speakers, workshops, breakout sessions, relevant activities, and opportunities to discuss, explore, and celebrate diverse teaching methods in order to enhance and expand practices of writing, composition, and rhetoric. This event is open to all who are interested in writing so please share this with your colleagues!

Proposed Schedule:

9:00-9:30am—On-site registration (for those who don’t preregister)

9:30-10:00am—Greeting and overview of events

10:15-11:00am—Session 1: Panels and Workshops

11:15am-12:00pm—Session 2: Panels and Workshops

12:15-1:30pm—Lunch and Keynote Address by Dr. Peter Adams

1:30-2:00pm—Closing and Feedback

2-3:00pm–High School/College Writing Round-table

Registration is free. If you would like to attend, please contact William Burns at 631 451-4537 or burnsw@sunysuffolk.edu. If you would like to present in a workshop or panel discussion, please e-mail a 250 word (max) proposal including name(s) of presenter(s), brief discussion of topics you will discuss, and any A/V needs to burnsw@sunysuffolk.edu by August 30th. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to write. Please share this announcement with your colleagues.

Thank you and we are looking forward to sharing the day with you.

William Burns, PhD

Associate Professor of English

Writing Center Coordinator



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