College hosts summit for writing teachers

The College 's English Department will host an event to help local writing teachers network, collaborate, and learn best practices.

The third-annual Lake Superior Summit on the Teaching of Writing takes place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at St. Scholastica. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. in Somers Lounge; sessions also will be held in the Science Center on campus.

The conference's purpose is to bring together teachers of writing and literacy to exchange ideas, common challenges, and innovations in the teaching of writing. The program values experimentation in small-group sessions as acts of discovery in teaching and learning. With a theme of "Engaging Communities," the event encourages participation from attendees. It's free, but RSVPs are appreciated.

Patricia Hagen, English professor at St. Scholastica, said the summit is meant to be an "unconference" in the sense that it's collaborative.

"We want to bring people together for active, thoughtful exchange of ideas, innovations, common challenges, and best practices in teaching writing and literacy - all genres of writing, all levels of teaching and learning," Hagen said.

The keynote speaker will be St. Scholastica's Hong-Ming Liang, associate history professor at St. Scholastica and founding chief editor of the Middle Ground Journal, an international, open-access scholarly journal. Joining him for the keynote address will be student editors of the North Star Reports and The Middle Ground Journal.

The North Star Reports is a student-edited and authored open access publication centered around the themes of global and historical connections. The keynote address and closing sessions will be in Somers Lounge, while breakout sessions will take place in the Science Center.

"I think people will be blown away by the North Star Reports and Middle Ground Journal projects led by Liang," Hagen said. "The projects have more than 20,000 followers on Facebook, but somehow they're one of the Twin Ports' best-kept secrets."

Summit organizers are developing a continuing education unit certificate for high school teachers who attend the conference.

For more information, contact Heather Bastian at hbastian@css.edu.