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Sunday, July 9, 2017 – Friday, July 14, 2017

Writing and Thinking Weeklong Summer Workshops

The IWT July weeklong workshops offer teachers an opportunity to develop an understanding of “writing-based teaching,” its theory and practices, and its application in the classroom. Each workshop will focus on writing methods that deepen learning across all subject areas–literature, history, grammar, and STEM.

The July workshops offer a retreat in which participants learn new writing practices, read diverse texts, and talk with teachers from around the world on the Bard College campus. The luxury of time helps us envision how we might make these new practices our own–how we might tweak the writing prompts, change the readings, figure out ways to accommodate collaborative learning in larger classes, and explore how poetry, for instance, might inspire students from ethnically and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The weeklong regular workshop fee is $1,500 and includes tuition and a single-occupancy room on the Bard campus, meals (beginning with Sunday dinner and ending with Saturday breakfast), and materials. 

Register by June 1, 2017 to receive the Early Bird Workshop fee of $1,350.
The commuter fee is $1,200 (the early-bird commuter fee is $1050).
Groups of three or more teachers from a single institution receive an additional 10% discount off total workshop fees.

Sponsored by: Institute for Writing and Thinking
For more information, call 845-758-7484, e-mail pdooley@bard.edu, or visit hhtp://writingandthinking.org/

Olin Humanities Building 
Friday, April 21, 2017

IWT April Conference: The Reflective Educator: Writing and Mindful Learning in the Classroom

Campus Center, Multipurpose Room
In recent years, “mindfulness” seems to be one of the most prolific and flexible buzzwords, appearing in a vast range of contexts: mindful parenting, mindfulness in the workplace, mindfulness therapy, mindfulness training for Phil Jackson’s New York Knicks, and mindfulness in the classroom. The term was coined in the 1970s by biologist Jon Kabat-Zinn, who defined it as: “The awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Kabat-Zinn’s definition is particularly relevant when considering the context of education. By emphasizing the importance of both being present and paying attention, this description of mindfulness clearly connects to how, as teachers, we often struggle to find relevant, meaningful ways to help (and keep) our students engaged and motivated.

This year’s annual conference aims to explore these connections and the ways in which writing-based teaching and mindful learning can help instill a growth mindset in students. Process writing, one of IWT’s core practices, is an example of how writing can represent an invaluable opportunity for “entertaining new possibilities . . . asking that we become more aware of how our minds are at a particular time,” as Alfred E. Guy writes. Both mindful learning and process writing encourage students to develop self-reflective habits of mind that enable them to own their own learning. We’ll ask: How can regular in-class writing help to support classroom management and foster self-regulation? For the student who has simply determined “I’m just not good at science,” how can writing provide a way in?

Registration Fee: $350, includes morning coffee, lunch, and anthology of related texts

Register by March 21, 2017 to receive the Early Bird Discount: $50 off registration fees.

Groups of three or more teachers from a single institution receive an additional 10% disocunt off total workshop fees. 

Visit writingandthinking.org to register, or call 845-758-7484 with any questions and concerns.

Sponsored by: Institute for Writing and Thinking.

For more information, call 845-758-7484, email pdooley@bard,edu, or visit http://writingandthinking.org/. Olin Humanities Building 
Friday, April 21, 2017

April Conference: The Reflective Educator: Writing and Mindful Learning in the Classroom

Friday, March 10, 2017

IWT Curriculum Conversation: Lord of the Flies

An Allegorical Tale of Democracy and Survival William Golding’s tale of schoolboys cast away on a Pacific island after a nuclear attack has inspired dystopias as disparate as The Hunger GamesThe Maze RunnerEnder’s Game, and Lost. Since the 1954 publication of The Lord of the Flies, this provocative story of children illustrates how quickly civility can revert to bloodthirsty savagery. The Lord of the Flies outlines the cruelties even “innocent” children will inflict when fear reigns. As one boy says: “Which is better—to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill?” Such questions have spawned an industry of young-adult morality tales where child soldiers, child assassins, and child saviors battle it out for the survival of democracy—and of kindness, mercy, and love.

Why are such dark stories popular with young adults? How do they reflect the current views on politics, the economy, and the environment? What does The Lord of the Flies teach us about the roles young people can play in combating chaos, tyranny, and paranoia? This Curriculum Conversation will address these questions as we explore and grapple with a text that has engaged readers for generations.
Registration Fee: $350, includes morning coffee, lunch, and anthology of related texts

Register by February 10, 2017 to receive the Early Bird Discount: $50 off registration fees

Groups of three or more teachers from a single institution receive an additional 10% discount off total workshop fees.

Visit writingandthinking.org to register, or call (845) 758-7484 with any questions and concerns.
Campus Center, Multipurpose Room 
Friday, March 10, 2017

Curriculum Conversation: The Lord of the Flies

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

(Soma)tic Rituals & The Strength Of Poetry When The World Taxes Your Soul

A Poetics Workshop Led by CAConrad What role does writing, particularly poetry, play in our current moment of political precarity, opacity, and urgency?

How might poetic practices, embodied and enacted with others, reimagine what counts as present day activism, resistance, solidarity, and creativity?

How can poetry and poetics help to counter a public sphere riven by hyper-partisanship, “alternative facts,” nationalist bellicosity, planetary crises, and the deep unraveling of civic attachments?

Please join us for a workshop with poet CAConrad, which will focus on using (soma)tic practices in order to generatively investigate the role writing can play in our contemporary political reality. We will also discuss how poetry and ritual can help us to end our alienation from our planet and from one another.

CAConrad’s childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. The author of 9 books of poetry and essays, the latest is titled While Standing In Line For Death and is forthcoming from Wave Books (September 2017). He is a Pew Fellow and has also received fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Banff, RADAR, Flying Object and Ucross. For his books, essays, and details on the documentary The Book of Conrad (Delinquent Films 2016), please visit http://CAConrad.blogspot.com Olin, Room 101 
Friday, February 10, 2017

Justice and the NY Courts Workshop

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Winter as Reader Workshop: Discovering New Ways into the Text