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Dr. Cindy O'Donnell-Allen to Speak at SNWP's Fall Conference


In this mandate-driven educational climate, is it possible to follow the rules and break them at the same time?

That is exactly the question many educators ask themselves daily.

SNWP's 3rd Annual Fall Conference is set for Saturday, October 11, 2014,  Dr. Cindy O'Donnell-Allen, author of The Book Club Companion and Tough Talk, Tough Texts: Teaching English to Change the World will kick off a day of thought-provoking sessions that will help local educators stay focused on what they believe in while working within challenges of teaching.

Drawing on her work with students and teachers from elementary through university classrooms, Cindy will demonstrate how the principles and practices associated with making, hacking, and vulnerable learning can inspire innovative teaching and still allow you to meet mandates like the Common Core State Standards.

While this of Colorado State University and director of the CSU Writing Project has many years experience as a secondary teacher, Cindy has a wide-range of stories to share, such as how 4th-grade English Learners in a Title 1 summer school program built cardboard cities to imagine alternative view of Latinos in their local community and how AP high school seniors in a conservative high school independently discussed controversial contemporary texts alongside Hamlet.

Other workshop sessions scheduled for the day will include topics of writing in science. Holocaust writing, social justice issues, inquiry-based learning, and other powerful classroom practices. These sessions are conducted by local teacher leaders from the Southern Nevada Writing Project, Southern Nevada Coucil for the Teachers of English, and Teach for America. There is something for everyone, so educators from elementary to post-secondary levels are invited to attend!

The Fall Conference will be centrally located at Carlson Education Building (CEB) on the UNLV Campus. The conference runs from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. A lunch break is scheduled, so attendees may bring a lunch or order a box lunch when registering.

Registration closes October 9. Space is limited.

The cost of the conference is $20. Please use the Paypal link to save your spot today!

**If you would like a lunch, select the second option Registration w/ Lunch and then select what type of lunch you would like in the second drop down menu. **

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