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5th Annual UW College of Education Literacy Education Conference, October 4-5, 2013

A few workshop highlights:

Gene Gagliano encourages creative writing in the classroom.

Encouraging Creative Writing in the K-8 Classroom - Gene Gagliano

This workshop was based on Gene’s 34 years as an elementary teacher, plus his experience as an author.  The main emphasis was encouraging creative writing in the elementary and middle grades.  Gene showed how to use sensory triggers for mining story ideas, creating characters using hats and art work, and demonstrated showing and not telling in writing. Using the Ten Step Story method he developed while teaching, Gene showed participants how to help students focus their writing ideas into a story with a beginning, middle, and end, and then how to expand the idea with revision.  (Picture to the left shows participants creating characters with Gene Gagliano looking on.)




Participants learn how to incorporate writing with art and math.

Variations on a Theme: Integrating Literacy, Art and Science in the Classroom - Wendy Bredehoft, Heather Bender, & Sylvia Parker

In this hands-on workshop participants explored how inquiry-based learning rooted in visual imagery can weave together modes of learning, including writing, art, and science. Using original art as the starting point participants investigated botanical cycles, created art to encourage deeper exploration of those cycles, and reflected on those processes through writing and discussion.  (Picture to the left shows Heather Bender from UW's American Heritage Center demonstrating to participants how to create blueprints on fabric.) 

Workshops offered:

  • Learning Through Life Stories:  A Memoir Writing Workshop, William McGinley
  • Reading Comprehension and College Readiness, Stephen Newton
  • Integrating Literacy, Art, and Science in the Classroom, Wendy Bredehoft, Heather Bender, & Sylvia Parker
  • Encouraging Creative Writing in K-8 Classrooms, Gene Gagliano
  • Preparing Students for College Writing Requirements, Rick Fisher & Megan Marshall

Keynote speaker: Dr. Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar.


Resources from 4th Annual UW College of Education Literacy Education Conference, September 21-22, 2012

Workshop: Bridging the gap: what is required for success with college-level literacy demands

Guide for class research project

Selection of UW writing prompts


Bridging the Gap PowerPoint Slides


Keynote speaker: Dr. John Guthrie.


Other Links of Interest

Colorado Council International Reading Association -

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