Coastal Bend Writing Project Conference Helps More Than 50 Educators Learn and Share Ideas

Published: February 10, 2016

Coastal Bend Writing Project Conference Helps More Than 50 Educators Learn and Share Ideas

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – More than 50 educators from local K-12 schools attended the Coastal Bend Writing Project (CBWP) sixth annual conference on writing pedagogy, a day of interactive workshops to explore how educators can elevate student learning in the teaching of writing—with and without technology. The conference, “Teaching with Technology… or Not,” was held on Saturday, Jan. 30, on the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus and consisted of a day of learning and sharing ideas for effective practices in writing instruction.

“Our goal is not only to give teachers strategies for the classroom, but to empower teachers as writers and education professionals,” said Dr. Catherine Quick, CBWP Director. “This conference gives teachers a space to collaborate, to develop new ideas and bring innovation to their classrooms.”

This year’s conference provided sessions appropriate for all grade levels, elementary through college as well as special sessions for campus and district administrators. Sessions discussed subjects such as poetry and rhetoric, integrating technology and writing, publishing, social media and blogs for teaching, and engaging writers. The conference also featured Kacy Mitchell, Educational Technologist at Eanes ISD in Austin, as Keynote Speaker who presented her talk, “Tech Done Write: A Metamorphosis of Writing in the Age of Technology.”

The theme highlighted the importance of using technology for teaching writing, but also recognized that not all schools have equal access to technology. Therefore, presenters and participants were invited to consider how students can be prepared for success in writing in the 21st century, even if the latest technology is not available.

This year’s conference theme was inspired by Susan Peeples, CBWP Associate Director, and Dr. Lucinda Juarez, CBWP Research Associate, who attended a conference about technology in education last summer.

The annual conference is one of the ways the CBWP provides peer-to-peer mentoring, collaboration and learning opportunities. Educators learn best practices and cutting-edge innovations from current teachers and educators. CBWP conferences provide inspiration for curriculum content as well as technology applications that aid teachers in the classroom.

The Coastal Bend Writing Project, housed in the TAMU-CC English Department, promotes writing and the effective teaching of writing in area schools. Affiliated with the National Writing Project, CBWP offers local educators and schools high quality professional development in writing instruction.