Monday, October 18, 2010

Rural TCs--share your knowledge with a national audience

The National Writing Project's Rural Sites Network hosts a national conference, and they are currently accepting proposals for presenters/workshop leaders at the March 2011 conference. The details are below--if you are interested, but unsure, contact Kim at kim [dot] donehower [at] und [dot] edu. I can help you put together a proposal, find someone to present with, etc. RRVWP can support your travel to this event. Click here for more information on the conference. Here's the info on submitting a proposal (deadline November 5!):

The Rural Sites Network and the Great Bear Writing Project (GBWP) at The University of Central Arkansas, hosts of the 2011 Rural Sites Network Conference on March 11–12, 2011, invite proposals for presentations that address this year’s theme — Overcoming Inequity: Creating Opportunities for ALL Rural Students. Proposals should be explicit about the ways that writing creates opportunities for diverse rural students and fosters resiliency or meaningful citizenship in a rural context.

Of particular interest are proposals for sessions that are interactive, encourage writing and responding, share ideas relevant to rural educators, and address one of the following issues:

· Teaching racially and linguistically diverse rural students

· Meeting the needs of English language learners in small rural schools

· Bridging technology inequities that impact rural students

· Sharing teacher inquiry about rural classrooms and schools

· Teaching to overcome stereotypes in rural schools

· Fostering resilience among rural students and teachers

· Supporting rural teacher leadership at NWP sites

· Promoting teacher retention and/or professional development in rural settings

· “Reading the Research” sessions

To submit a proposal, go to: and complete the online proposal submission form.

· Proposals must be received by electronic submission no later than
November 5, 2010.

· These 75-minute sessions will take place on Saturday, March 12, 2011.

· Sessions with similar topics may be combined.

If you have any questions, please contact us at rsnconference [at] nwp [dot] org.