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Las Cruces to host Borderlands Writing Project Spring Seminar

The first Spring Seminar Series presented by the Teacher Consultants of the Borderlands Writing Project will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on March 11, April 1 and April 29 in O'Donnell Hall Room 103 at New Mexico State University

rs from across southern New Mexico will gather to discuss the teaching of writing across the curriculum. Topics will include journaling, responding to writing and assessing writing.

Teacher Consultants are participants who have successfully completed at least one of the Borderlands Writing Project summer institutes. Each consultant will present a specific area of writing for teachers to consider.

"This will help teachers to look at teaching writing in a different way that could carry over into their own teaching," said Monica Garcia Gabitzsch, program coordinator.

Kyle Shanton, director of the Borderlands Writing Project, said the first seminar in the series will include an introduction to the process of writing and a segment in which the teacher participants themselves will write. Following the first seminar, teachers will make a commitment to changing something about the way their students write and bring examples to following meetings. Shanton said the seminars will "help teachers improve their teaching of writing by seeing themselves as writers."

Upon completion of the three seminars, participants will receive a Professional Development Program certificate and a copy of "Rethinking Rubrics in Writing Assignments" by Maja Wilson.

Those interested in attending can contact Shanton at kshanton@nmsu.edu to confirm participation, but notification is not required. The cost is $50.

Austin Craig
March 9, 2006