Literacy Matters! Mini-Conference – FREE!

Literacy Matters! Mini-Conference – FREE!

Literacy Matters! Mini-Conference: Teaching as an Art

Join PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools and The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development for a mini-conference on teaching in the humanities. Literacy Matters! is designed to bring together educators in ELA, history, and social studies as well as librarians and school administrators to learn how you can bring more literacy engagement to your classroom.

Led by faculty at GW’s School of Education and staff at PEN/Faulkner, a literary nonprofit that disseminates two of literature’s most prestigious prizes, the mini-conference is an engaging and hands-on opportunity to learn how to integrate multimedia into your curriculum to deepen students’ connections with contemporary texts. You’ll also learn how to create space for authors to visit your classes and how to engage with PEN/Faulkner to bring writing workshops and free books to your students.


  • Welcome and Introduction 

  • Author Conversation with a Writers in Schools partner

  • Breakout session #1 – Activities for Contemporary Books in the Classroom

  • Breakout session #2 – Engaging Students in Self-Narrative – Writing in the Classroom 

  • Sharing and Reflection 

Educators will leave with suggestions and resources for multimedia contextualizing activities and approaches to implementation and a free book. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Open to educators teaching in 6th-12th grade.



Will I receive professional learning credits (PLUs) for participating?

DCPS educators who attend the full conference will receive 4 hours of PLUs for attending, and will receive a certificate verifying their attendance. DC charter school educators should check with their administrators. 

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the conference?

The conference is located on the campus of George Washington University. The closest metro is Foggy Bottom/GWU (blue/orange/silver lines). There are several parking garages in the neighborhood. 


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?