Teachers: Protect your students from school bullies

Bullying

(Oct. 10, 2011) --The San Antonio Writing Project (SAWP) will host "Writing the Future of Bullying: It Really Can Get Better," the second seminar in its 2011-2012 professional development series. The seminar, which will explore the issues involved in bullying and provide teachers with strategies that help students become allies for their classmates, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the UTSA Downtown Campus in the Frio Street Building Auditorium (FS 1.406).

"Bullying at school and on the Internet are significant problems that need to be addressed," said Roxanne Henkin, professor of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development and SAWP director. "Research shows that nearly 160,000 kids miss school for fear of being bullied. Cyberbullying on the other hand is anonymous and unsupervised. In both cases, teachers can help, but they need to be given effective intervention strategies. That is what this San Antonio Writing Project seminar aims to do."

Henkinwill keynote the seminar. Dr. Henkin is a Professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research focuses on literacy and social justice, critical literacy, and writing. She is the author of two books on literacy and social justice: Confronting Bullying: Literacy as a Tool for Character Education (2005) and Who's Invited to Share: Using Literacy to Teach for Equity and Social Justice (1998). Her work has also appeared in a variety of scholarly journals such as Voices from the Middle, Democracy & Education, Language Arts and Literacy Matters.

The San Antonio Writing Project was established in 2006 as a partnership between the National Writing Project and the Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching department of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development to improve the writing of Pre-K through college students in the greater San Antonio region, particularly English Language Learners and children from impoverished areas of south Texas. It is one of more than 200 National Writing Project sites that aim to collectively improve writing instruction in K-12 classrooms across the nation.

The digital writing seminar is free for UTSA students, UTSA faculty and SAWP teacher consultants. The cost is $20 for non-SAWP attendees. Participants will receive three professional development credits and should park in an unmarked space in one of the following parking lots: the Durango Loop Lot, Lot D-1, Lot D-2, Lot D-3, Lot D-4, Lot D-5, the Cattleman's Square Lot or the Monterey Building Lot. See campus map.

For more information, visit www.SanAntonioWritingProject.org or contact UTSA Professor Roxanne Henkin at 210-458-5427. ------------------------------

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