Spartanburg Writing Project Offers Fall Renewal Conference on Thursday, Oct. 16

September 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm

The Spartanburg Writing Project is proud to announced our 2014 annual Fall Renewal Conference: Teaching Students in a Time of Standards” from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, in the University Readiness Center at USC Upstate.

Register NOW for this event at our SWP Fall Renewal Online Registration Form or at www.uscupstate.edu/swp.

The keynote speaker is Jed Dearybury, an early childhood educator at Woodland Heights Elementary School in Spartanburg, S.C. With 13 years of experience, Dearybury has been celebrated across the country for his excellence in the education profession. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, was named as S.C. Honor Roll Teacher (Top 5 in SC), and has received funding for more than 100 projects through Donors Choose.

Over the past three decades, public education in the United States has become increasingly reliant on academic standards as the guide for teaching and learning.  Too often, we as educators struggle to balance best-practice, differentiated instruction with mandates from federal and state legislators.   However, our classrooms are not populated by standardized students, but are filled with individuals whose needs and abilities are unique.

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 simply covering standards, to believe in their own expertise, to believe 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.

For more information or to register a group for the event, please contact  tthomas@uscupstate.edu.