Attending NCPTW is a great way to learn about peer-to-peer learning strategies, specifically within the context of writing instruction—while also earning up to 19 clock hours.
Whether you currently direct a writing center or are thinking of starting one or are just interested in how to help your students help each other more effectively in class, there's something at NCPTW for you. The conference will feature presentations by peer tutors and writing center directors from 39 states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and Turkey (including a team of 17 peer tutors and faculty from Minnetonka High School's writing center and 13 peer tutors and faculty from Renaissance High School's writing center).
We will be offering opening and closing sessions on Saturday specifically for high school teachers and hosted by Dr. Andrew Jeter (MAT, Northeastern Illinois University; Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; English teacher and former Literacy Center director of Niles West Literacy Center in Chicago) and by Rachael Shelden (MAT, University of Puget Sound; Interim Director of the University of Puget Sound's Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching). The opening and closing sessions will introduce attendees to the conference and help teachers translate peer-to-peer learning from a writing center context into a classroom context, in which their students can help each other with their assignments. Teachers who are interested in starting peer-led writing centers at their own institutions will also have opportunities to brainstorm and plan next steps.
There are lots of great sessions on all three days of the conference, but here are some sessions on Saturday that might be of special interest to K-12 educators:
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