Annual Writing Conference

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Experience CBWP:

A Reading-Writing Immersion Event

Nov 12, 2016
University Center Jetty Room, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for our annual conference on writing pedagogy! 

Our featured keynote speaker this year is Katherine Bomer (Hidden Gems, The Journey is Everything, Writing a Life, Starting with What Students Do Best). We also have a special strand for non-ELA teachers--learn more about writing across the curriculum!

Tentative Schedule:

8:00-8:30: Check-In/Registration/Breakfast [Jetty 123]

8:30-8:50 Welcome [Jetty 123]

9:00-10:00 Session One: Reading as “Experience”

     1. Creating Text Sets for Whole Class Instruction [306]

            Evelyn de la Paz Rios, Driscoll MS

     2. The Art of Pre-Reading and Pre-Writing [317]

            Kim Picozzi, Calallen HS

     3. *Integrating Reading in the non-ELA Classroom [324]

            Myra Barrera, Texas A&M University-Kingsville


10:10-11:10 Session Two: Collaboration and Workshopping

     1. Establishing Culture through Collaboration [306]

            Krystal Watson, Collegiate HS

     2.  Putting Our Heads Together: A Collaboration Think Tank [317]

            Jennifer Guerra, Olive Creek Senior HS

            Laurie Schofield, Corpus Christi Montessori

     3. *Written Collaboration in non-ELA Classrooms  [324]

            Paul Rodriguez, Collegiate HS

11:10-11:25 Break 

11:10-11:25 Session Three: Integrating Reading and Writing

  1. Digital Genres: Memes Across the Curriculum [306]

       Stefanie Bennett, Coastal Bend Writing Project

  1. Yes, but what are you doing with writing?: Conferring with Students [317]

            Michael Ruiz, Santa Gertrudis HS

  1. *Using the Socratic Seminar to Integrate Reading and Writing in the non-ELA Classroom [324]

            Dawn Dowell, Mathis HS


12:30-1:30 Lunch [324]

Presentations by:

  • Holly Corkill, Promoting Social Justice through Professional Development, Flour Bluff HS [306]
  • Jessica Olivarez-Mazone, Writing Instruction for ELL Students, King HS [306]
  • Kim Picozzi, Tone Tuesday and Poetry Thursday, Calallen HS [317]
  • Todd Moulder, Publishing Student Work, Baker MS [317]


1:30-2:25 Katherine Bomer, Keynote [Jetty 123]

The Teacher You Want to Be


2:30-3:15 Session Four: Assessment

     1. Formative Assessment using Mentor Text [306]

            Maria Garcia, Coastal Bend Writing Project

     2. Rethinking Assessment [317]

            Michael Wendel, SCHOOL

     3. *Writing to Learn Across the Curriculum [324]

            Debbie Evans, Harold T. Branch Academy


3:20 - 3:50 Reflective Practice- Katherine Bomer

[Jetty 123]

The Teacher You Can (or Will) Be

3:50-4:00+ Conclusion followed by book signing

All teachers, grades K-16, are invited to a day of interactive workshops on the teaching of writing, sponsored by the Coastal Bend Writing Project. We’ll have sessions appropriate for all grade levels, elementary through college. 

Cost:  $40

Cost includes a light breakfast and a fajita lunch.

Contact Dr. Catherine Quick, 361-825-3025;




Snapshot of the 2016 Annual Conference:
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