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FGCU National Writing Project Invites Educators to Spring Conference Feb. 26
2/2/2005

FORT MYERS, FL - The National Writing Project at Florida Gulf Coast University invites educators to the spring conference 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26 in the Whitaker Hall Sprint Room to learn more about bringing a better understanding of literacy into the classroom.

"No Teacher Left Behind: Strategies for Surviving a 'High-Stakes' World" addresses current issues in Florida's educational environment and teaching beyond standardized testing and time, state and national testing mandates.

Keynote speaker is poet Brod Bagert. After working as an elected public official and attorney for 21 years, Bagert returned to his childhood love of writing and entertaining with poetry. He has written 13 books of poetry for children and adults. "The Hormone Jungle" will be released fall 2005 by Maupin House and "SHOUT!" will be released spring 2006 by Dial Books for Young Readers.

Luncheon speaker is Joan Kaywell, past president of the National Council of Teachers of English's Assembly on Literature for Adolescents, and past president for the Florida Council of Teachers of English. She has been chair of NCTE's Commission on the Study and Teaching of Young Adult Literature, a member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Early Adolescence/English Language Arts Standards Committee and serves on the review board for English Journal, The ALAN Review and the New Advocate.

Kaywell wrote "Adolescents at Risk: A Guide to Fiction and Nonfiction for Young Adults, Parents, and Professionals," has edited five textbooks and overseen the publication of four other texts as series advisor.

Early registration for the conference through Feb. 12 is $40 for the general public and $20 for students. Registration at the door is $65.

The FGCU National Writing Project, located in the College of Education, is a grant-funded partnership and cooperative effort between FGCU and the area schools of Southwest Florida. It is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a collaborative university-school staff development program to improve the teaching and learning of writing in the nation's classrooms.

Begun in 1973 as the Bay Area Writing Project at the University of California at Berkeley, the National Writing Project has grown into an international network of projects reaching approximately 83,000 teachers a year.

For more information, contact co-director of the FGCU National Writing Project Patricia Wachholz at (239) 590-7808 or visit the National Writing Project at FGCU website at .


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