National WRITE Center to Launch with Keynote, All-Star Panel
Join us as the WRITE Center celebrates its official launch on October 24.
IRVINE, Calif. - The Writing Research to Improve Teaching & Evaluation (WRITE) Center will celebrate its official launch on October 24 with a distinguished keynote and all-star panel of writing and language experts.

Led by School of Education Professor Carol Booth Olso n (right) , the WRITE Center seeks to provide national leadership and outreach activities to support the improvement of secondary writing research and practice. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences, the WRITE Center will also conduct a focused program of research on academic writing, placing a special emphasis on source-based argument writing in English Language Arts and History.

"We want to make different tools, data and strategies widely available to practitioners, and for the Center to be an exciting hub for classroom teaching," Olson said.
On October 24, the WRITE Center will welcome  Steve Graham (left) , Mary Emily Warner Professor of Education at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. A co-PI of the WRITE Center, Graham will discuss research and policy related to writing instruction. For more than 40 years, Graham has studied how writing develops, how to teach it effectively, and how writing can be used to support reading and learning. 

Following the lecture, a panel discussion with WRITE Center advisory board members will take place.

All-Star Panel

  • Jennifer Fletcher, Professor, California State University Monterey Bay
  • Cynthia Greenleaf, Senior Research Scientist, Strategic Literacy Initiative, WestEd
  • Carol Jago, Associate Director, California Reading & Literature Project, UCLA
  • Judith Langer, Vincent O'Leary Distinguished Professor Emeritus, SUNY Albany
  • P. David Pearson, Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley
  • George Newell, Professor of Adolescent, Postsecondary, and Community Literacies, Ohio State University
  • Mary Schleppgrell, Professor, School of Education, University of Michigan
WHEN: October 24, 2019; 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. PT (Reception begins at 4:00, Lecture at 4:30)

WHERE: UCI Student Center, Room Doheney A&B, 311 W. Peltason Drive, Irvine, CA, 92697 ( map )

WHO: Carol Booth Olson , Professor, UCI School of Education; Steve Graham , Professor, Arizona State University; and other leading writing and language experts.

RSVP: Admission is free. Please RSVP below by October 10, 2019 . Refreshments will be served.
Complimentary parking available at the Student Center Parking Structure ( map ). Please inform the garage's attendant you are with the WRITE Center upon arriving.

Media interested in attending should contact Ryne Hodkowski, director of communications,
at 949.824.7853 or

For more event details or to request reasonable accommodations for a disability,
please email
About the WRITE Center

The WRITE Center for Secondary Students researches academic writing in middle and high school. The Center is extending best practices learned in the English language arts classrooms from three nationally recognized interventions into history classes. The Center is excited to provide middle and high school history teachers with the tools and strategies to improve their students' source-based argument writing, a critical component not only of Common Core State Standards, but academic and professional writing. Partnering with teachers and administrators, the WRITE Center creates relevant and practical professional development opportunities. 

Please enjoy the following taped lectures, hosted by the WRITE Center in summer 2019:

Jim Burke - Six Academic Writing Assignments: Designing the User’s Journey
Kelly Gallagher - 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescent
Carol Jago - The Book in Question: Why and How Reading is in Crisis

For more information, visit the WRITE Center's website , follow us on Twitter, @ WRITE_Center , or send us an email .
About the UCI School of Education
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