"Working with the Young Writers Camp has shifted my view of how students implement writing in their everyday lives. The young minds participating in the camp actually help me shape new and relevant ways to teach writing as they explain digital technologies and social media not traditionally associated with writing. The low-stakes atmosphere allows for an openness that builds confidence both in the camper’s personal writing and my own teaching strategies to build a community of writers. I can then transfer what campers teach me about technology and their writing habits into my own classroom to craft a writing narrative more relevant to my students' lives." - Jeremiah Neal
July 10-13, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
School of Education Building at The University of North Carolina Greensboro
Teachers free participation in the conference is made possible through the Impact Through Innovation Initiative from the UNCG School of Education. In addition to covering admission, we will also include $200 to buy books/materials for teachers' classrooms, a professional book, a Young Writer’s Camp t-shirt, snacks, and a follow-up consultation with a UNCG faculty member in the fall.
In our first year of the Gate City Writes Conference, we are extending invitations to fewer than 20 teachers. The conference is open to classroom teachers, school administrators, and curriculum specialists of all levels and content areas who are dedicated to learning more about successful teaching practices related to writing.
Continuing Education Unit (CEU)
In North Carolina, A 1.0 CEU or continuing education unit is equivalent to 10 hours of pre-planned, cohesive training guided by learning objectives and learner assessments. With Gate City Writes, you could earn up to 2 CEUs. Please see the CEU link for more details.
Claire Lambert:Dr. Claire Lambert, Assistant Professor of Education at Salem College, currently teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy, literacy theory, and instructional design. Claire earned her Ph.D. in Educational Studies with an emphasis on literacy and teacher education at UNCG. Her dissertation was a narrative study of young adolescent writers. Claire taught middle school English Language Arts and served as a school-based staff developer in the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools before returning to her home state of North Carolina in 2009. Claire has more than a decade of experience facilitating professional development for teachers that is high-energy, practical, purposeful and fun.
Amy Vetter: Dr. Amy Vetter is an associate professor in English education in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where she teaches undergraduate courses in teaching practices and curriculum of English and literacy in the content area, and graduate courses in youth literacies, teacher research, and qualitative research design. Amy completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas Austin. Her major area of emphasis was Language and Literacy Studies, with a certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. Before her job in higher education, she taught all levels of tenth and twelfth grade English in Austin, Texas. She directs the young writers’ camp at UNCG in the summer and co-facilitates the Triad Teacher Researcher Group with teachers across the county.
Melody Zoch: Dr. Melody Zoch is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education and is the Program Coordinator for the Masters of Education in Literacy Education degree. For the 2015-16 academic year, she is the UNCG Global Engagement Faculty Fellow. Her research interests include an examination of the sociocultural/political context in which teaching and learning occurs, including how high-stakes testing impacts literacy teaching. Other research interests include teachers’ development of pedagogical and theoretical knowledge of using digital texts and tools and teachers’ development of literacy teaching practices that are culturally sustaining for culturally and linguistically diverse students.
UNCG Young Writers' Camp
Participants will be working with campers in UNCG's Young Writers' Camp. In this camp, writers will create 21st century texts using digital tools such as storyboarding, blogging, and movie-making during this two-week camp experience. In daily writing workshops, students will work with UNCG faculty, graduate students, NC teachers, and local authors. The camp introduces young writers to the writing process, unlocks strategies of professional writers, and supports development of variety of writing styles. All work is published on the website.