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Conferring With Student Writers (K-8)
Carl Anderson, Author and Literacy Consultant

Thursday, March 3, 2011
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hotel Palomar
505 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654

***UPDATED LOCATION: The location of this workshop is now the Hotel Palomar, 505 N. State Street, to allow for more attendees. Please register today!

In this workshop, Carl Anderson, author of How’s It Going? A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers, Assessing Writers, and Strategic Writing Conferences Grades 3-6, will discuss the how-to’s of having effective writing conferences with students. He'll explain key conferring concepts, discuss the teacher’s role in a writing conference and strategies for helping students play an active role in conferences, and answer the most frequently asked questions about managing conferences in a classroom.

Carl will also discuss the essential link between conferring and assessment. He'll discuss assessment lenses that will help teachers uncover what their students know about writing, and help them figure out what to teach them next in writing conferences. He’ll also talk about the importance of setting assessment-based writing goals for students that can help prioritize what to teach in conferences.

Throughout the workshop, Carl will show videos of his conferences with students to give participants a clear image of effective conferring. And he'll show and discuss typical writing samples from primary and upper grade classrooms, and use them to demonstrate the how to assess student writers.

Participants will learn new ways of thinking about writing conferences, and practical conferring strategies that they will be able to put into practice as soon as they return to their classrooms.

Carl Anderson is a literacy consultant who works with elementary and secondary schools across U.S. and Canada. He is the author of Assessing Writers and How's It Going?: A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers. Carl worked for eight years at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, where he was lead staff developer. He also was an elementary and middle school teacher in New York, Kentucky and Illinois.

***New Location
This workshop will now take place at the Hotel Palomar, 505 N. State Street, Chicago. The Hotel Palomar in downtown Chicago is conveniently accessible by public transportation and taxis. Click here for directions and parking information for The Hotel Palomar.

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel Palomar
505 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654

ISACS has secured a limited number of rooms at the Hotel Palomar at a rate of $149/night. To reserve your room please call 877-731-0505 and request the "ISACS Meeting" rate. If you need any assistance booking a room at the Palomar please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.

ISACS also recommends the following two hotels and has secured special rates based on availablity. Attendees must make their own hotel reservations; please contact the hotels directly to make your reservations.

The Seneca Hotel
200 East Chestnut
Chicago, IL 60614

Call 1-800-800-6261 when making reservations for the $99/night plus tax rate for a deluxe room (single/double occupancy). When making reservations, please use group code "ISACS). This rate is based on availability and reservations must be made by February 2, 2011. Click here for directions and parking information for The Seneca Hotel. The Seneca is less than one mile from The Hotel Palomar and approximately an $8-$10 cab ride.

The Hotel Indigo
1244 N. Dearborn Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610

For reservations, please call the Hotel Indigo directly at 312-787-4980, ask for reservations and request the "Independent Schools Association" rate to receive discounted rooms. Rates vary depending on date of stay; space and availability are limited. To book your room online (and receive the ISACS discounted rate), click here. The Hotel Indigo is approximately one mile from the Hotel Palomar and approximately a $10-$15 cab ride.

Click here for directions and parking information for The Hotel Indigo.

Registration Fee
  • $190 Member Fee
  • $240 Non Member Fee
  •  First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $28 discount
  • Workshop includes lunch
Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $190     Non-member Cost: $240


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