Closing the Gap: Bridging Academic Literacies from High School to College

As writing teachers, we are all taking stock of how the pandemic years have affected our students emotionally and academically. National reading exam results are showing major deficits in students’ reading proficiencies, and teachers of all levels are noticing this shift in our classrooms as well. While we have grown in our understanding of meeting students’ emotional needs as a result of the pandemic, it is essential to have focused discussion on how to strategically address students’ literacy needs now and in the years to come. This increased concern has made communication between high school and college English teachers even more essential. 

For over four decades, Old Dominion University’s annual Spring Conference on the Teaching of Writing has invited secondary and post-secondary teachers from the Hampton Roads area and beyond to come together on ODU’s Norfolk Campus during the spring semester. This year’s conference theme highlights this history by inviting substantive discussions of what is going on in both high school and college English classrooms so that we can effectively support students as they navigate this crucial academic transition. We look forward to highlighting and celebrating what we do in our writing classrooms and learning from one another during the conference.

Conference Format

We will host a two-day conference on March 23 and 24, 2023, from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM EST on ODU’s main campus, located at 4901 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23529 in the Webb Center. Registration, keynote address, and lunches will take place in the Hampton/Newport News Rooms, and breakout sessions will occur in the River Rooms. Light breakfast items and lunch will be offered on both days.

Registration: $40 general, $30 ODU Alumni, $30 K-12 teachers
Registration is FREE for ODU graduate students and adjunct faculty members.

To guarantee your lunch, please be sure to register before March 15, 2023.

Register Here

We are proud of our long history of bringing important scholars of writing to our local audience, and we hope you will save the date and consider joining us in Norfolk in March 2023. Over the two days of this conference, we will have featured speakers and workshops of interest to writing teachers at all levels. We will announce our keynote and registration information early in the spring 2023 semester. In the meantime, please explore our archive of previous themes and speakers and consider submitting a proposal to present in 2023.