The Celebration of Writing and Literacy

The annual Celebration of Writing and Literacy (CoWL) is held at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. Educators have the opportunity to participate in facilitated discussions centering around important educational issues and hands-on, teacher led workshops celebrating innovative reading and writing practices.

Join local educators for a day of learning, reflection, and joy as we share promising practices for supporting writing and literacy among young people!

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 8:00 am-5:30 pm
University of Pennsylvania - Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St.

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The annual Celebration of Writing and Literacy (CoWL) is held at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. Educators have the opportunity to participate in facilitated discussions centering around important educational issues and hands-on, teacher led workshops celebrating innovative reading and writing practices. 

This year’s event is focused on teacher research and knowledge.​

Featured speakers:

  • James Forman, Jr., Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Locking Up Our Own
  • Matt Kay, Science Leadership Academy Teacher, Not Light, But Fire 

Featured workshops:

  • Reading is Writing: Student Success through “Kid Writing”
  • Poetry Inside Out: The Art of Translation
  • Teaching with Primary Sources: Inquiries from Summer Institute
  • Partnering with Youth and Families: Action through Literacy, led by Penn GSE author Gerald Campano and María Paula Ghiso
  • Penn Literacy Network: Resilience and Literacy
View the full program of the Teacher Research and Knowledge: A Celebration of Writing and Literacy conference here.
 

Celebration of Writing and Literacy flier

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2017 Celebration

The theme of the 2017 conference was Teacher Research and Knowledge: A Celebration of Writing and Literacy. The conference was hosted in partnership with the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia (TIP), Mighty Writers, and Penn GSE's Reading/Writing/Literacy and Teacher Education programs and focused on teacher research and knowledge and the relationship between theory and practice. 

Keynote Speakers 

  • Diane Wood, Towson University
  • Maryland Writing Project Teacher Consultants

Featured Workshops and Roundtables 

  • Comic Book Madness 
  • Arts Plus Literacy: Exploring Possibilities for Collaboration 
  • Kid Writing: Getting Started on the Road to Literacy 
  • Innovation in Action: High School Makerspaces

Download the 2017 CWoL flier.
View descriptions of the 2017 conference sessions.