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The Cal State Northridge Writing Project

"Literacy is not, as it is considered in our schools, a PORTION of education. It IS education. It is at once the ability AND the inclination of the mind to find knowledge, to pursue understanding, and out of knowledge and understanding, not out of received attitudes and values or emotional responses, however worthy, to make judgments."

-Richard Mitchell


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Cal State Northridge Writing Project
Kathleen D. Rowlands, Director
Michael D. Eisner College of Education
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265

The 2015 Write to Literacy Conference

Carol Jago

Keynote Speaker Carol Jago

When Everything's an Argument: Evidence-based Writing

"In order to foster a democracy that is reflective and deliberative, rather than simply a marketplace of competing interest groups, a democracy that genuinely takes thought for the common good, we must produce citizens who have the Socratic capacity to reason about their beliefs. To unmask prejudice and to secure justice, we need argument, an essential tool of civic freedom." Martha Nussbaum from Cultivating Humanity

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The conference features a Continental breakfast, three breakout sessions for educators at all grade levels who are interested in classroom-tested Common Core aligned practices for improving student literacies, a buffet lunch, and a keynote by Carol Jago.

Carol has 32 years of teaching experience and is the author of Papers, Papers, Papers, Cohesive Writing: Why Concept Is Not Enough, Beyond Standards and many others. She is a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English and serves as an associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA. She served as AP Literature content advisor for the College Board and has written a weekly education column for the Los Angeles Times. Her essays have appeared in English Journal, Language Arts, NEA Today, as well as in other newspapers across the nation. She edits California English (the journal of the California Association of Teachers of English), and served on the planning committee for the 2009 NAEP Reading Framework and the 2011 NAEP Writing Framework. Carol has just been appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve on the natioanl assessment governing Board (NAGB). This board is charged with formulating policy guidelines for the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

As an in-demand Heinemann Professional Development Provider Carol delivers PD workshops, webinars, and on-site seminars and consulting services nationwide.

Go to the Heinemann site to listen to Carol's interview on Education Talk Radio.

Breakout Descriptions: Download breakout session descriptions HERE. See photos of the Write to Literacy Conference HERE.

WHEN? Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 9:00 am (registration opens at 8:30) until 3:00 pm.

WHERE? The University Student Union on the east side of the Cal State Northridge Campus. Park in the G3 structure. (MAP HERE).

REGISTER NOW FOR ONLY $75 ($25 with a CSUN ID or for Writing Project Teacher Consultants)!!

REGISTRATION includes Continental breakfast, lunch, and all materials.

Door Prizes and a Raffle!

1 CEU is available for $90 from the Tseng College (optional). Registration information will be available at the conference.

Use the FLYER to register by mail or send a P.O. to the Cal State Northridge Writing Project, c/o Kathleen Rowlands, Director, Department of Secondary Education, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8265.

Space Is Limited! Register Early!