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​2020 Spring Conference

Saturday, March 21st, 2020,​ 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.​
Rhode Island College

Theme: Trauma-Informed Teaching: Compassionate and Critical Approaches to Literacy

Featuring Keynote Speaker, Elizabeth Dutro, Ph.D.​​

Elizabeth Dutro, Ph.D. 

Elizabeth Dutro is professor and chair of literacy studies at University of Colorado Boulder, where she teaches courses in writing, inquiry methods, education in film, and literacy theory and practice. In her research, she collaborates closely with teacher colleagues to better understand teachers’ collaborative learning, the intersections of children’s lives and knowledge and their opportunities to thrive in literacy classrooms, and the pursuit of justice in and through schooling. She is the author of The Vulnerable Heart of Literacy: Centering Trauma as Powerful Pedagogy (Teachers College Press). She welcomes connection and can be contacted at:;​; @lifeasstory on Twitter; and Elizabeth Dutro on Facebook.

In addition to Dr. Dutro’s keynote, the conference features a variety of sessions led by K-12 educators from Rhode Island and beyond. Topics include: writing as a way to respond to grief and other strong emotions; engaging students in animal advocacy; literature’s connection to enhancing student voice and building community; and using writing workshop at the elementary level. Here is a complete list of sessions.

RIWP 2020 Spring Conference ONLINE Registration​​

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