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Composing Ourselves - GKCWP Newsletter


 Registration Open for the 2014 ELL Conference: Building Community, Working Toward Equity
June 13th, 8:30 AM-3:00 PM
Keynote Address from Katie McKay and Conference Workshops at the Kansas City Kansas Training Center

Our 5th annual ELL conference features interactive workshops by classroom teachers from Pre-K to the University level. Join us on the 13th for a keynote speaker and conference presentations on building community with English Language Learners and working toward equity in the classroom.

Register online for the conference today!

Enrollment open for Teaching the Common Core through Environmental Literacy

Teaching the Common Core through Environmental Literacy will provide dynamic strategies, projects and lessons that focus on hands-on, inquiry-based experiential learning that you can apply not only to Common Core but to Next Generation Science Standards, environmental studies, biology, CoSTEM Career and Tech Ed Pathways. Each Saturday seminar will have up to six 90-minute sessions with three breakout sessions scheduled simultaneously per timeslot.

The first seminar is Saturday, October 25th, 2013, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Register online here.

New Composing Ourselves available!

This year's issue of Composing Ourselves is now available! Check out an electronic copy here and catch up on the latest news and writing from our Teacher Consultants.

Jeff Baxter, GKCWP Teacher, Named Kansas Teacher of the Year

GKCWP teacher and 2010 SI grad Jeff Baxter has been named the 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year! Jeff was selected from a field of eight finalists for this prestigious award. Read the official announcement here: http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=36&ctl=Details&mid=1030&ItemID=709

Enrollment now open for our Summer Graduate Courses!

Click here for more information about our 3-credit hour graduate courses in English and Education and how to enroll! This summer's offerings include English Language Arts and Social Studies CCSS- and ACT-Aligned Curriclum and Instruction: Grades 6-12 and Teaching Writing with New Media.

2014 Summer Student Writing Project
July 7 – 17, Monday – Thursday, 9am – Noon
UMKC Volker Campus

The Student Writing Project’s atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and geared toward intellectual and creative excellence. Students entering grades 4-12 who like to write will love the individual attention they receive while drafting, sharing and revising their work within a creative and supportive writing community.

Register for the summer Student Writing Project here today!

For more information about the Student Writing Project, email gkcwp@umkc.edu

Seminar in Argumentative Writing

The Seminar in Argumentative Writing is designed to help teachers develop innovative and effective practices and activities for teaching students to write thorough, well-supported arguments across the curriculum.

Workshop presenters will include classroom teachers from Science, Social Studies, and the English Language Arts. Participants will receive a certificate of 4 professional development hours completed.

Stay tuned for information about our next Seminar in Argumentative Writing!


Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing

Become a more effective literacy leader as you work with our award-winning faculty and collaborate with colleagues to develop, implement, and share curriculum and writing strategies that work.

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing is an 18-credit-hour program offered through the Greater Kansas City Writing Project housed in the Department of English at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. The Certificate provides opportunities for teachers – from pre-kindergarten through college -- to write and to examine theory, research, and practice together systematically.

All Greater Kansas City Writing Project courses follow a “teachers teaching teachers” model, address the needs of diverse learners, and promote reflective practice. Our courses are backed by national research confirming significant gains in the writing of students whose teachers participated in Writing Project programs.

Click here to read more about the GKCWP Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing.

GKCWP Monthly Study Group

Our Study Group meets the second Tuesday of every month. No need to prepare anything for this meeting. Just join us to read, write about, and discuss a selected text. So that we can order the right amount of food, please RSVP to klinek@umkc.edu.

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