Friday, June 14, 2013

SAWP SI 2013

The San Antonio Writing Project Summer Institute started this week and we've had an amazing first week. We've shared our stories and we've laughed and cried together. We've also welcomed two amazing teachers from South Africa, Kesaobaka Raleie and Virginia Mahlane. They are here for a month and they are staying with me. And they've become Spurs fans!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Monday, February 4, 2013

Dr. Roxanne Henkin Honored as Tops in Texas

Subject: Top 25 Education Professors in Texas - You've Been Chosen Hi Dr. Henkin, We are pleased to announce that you’ve been chosen as one of our Top 25 Education Professors in Texas for being named the 2012 Education Headliner. invites you to read, share, and link to the article located here:

Saturday, February 2, 2013

San Antonio Writing Project Conference

Today we held our 7th Annual San Antonio Writing Project Conference. Only people who are involved with conferences know the great amount of work and dedication that goes into making a conference a reality. With Kathy Bass as our only dedicated writing project graduate assistant, the task could have been overwhelming. But Kathy did an amazing job handling all the little details that make a conference a success with even her Mother and her daughter pitching in. Still, without our incredible San Antonio Writing Project Teacher Consultants, none of this could have happened. Co-director Pam Piedfort was the conference chair, and took care of the program and the presenters. TC Nora Gonzalez was in charge of the food contributions and the raffle items. So many TC's contributed by bringing food and providing raffle items. Without them, the conference wouldn't have gone so well. SAWP TC's presented at the sessions and volunteered behind the scenes. Somehow we converged and everyone just stepped in and got to work. SAWP TC Gretchen Bernabei shared a wonderful keynote that was practical and helpful for the participants. SAWP TC's Ernie Ramirez, Becky Palomo, Lorena Villarreal, Karen Mendoza, Valerie Harris, Sean Danweber, Diana Castro and Cathy Whitlow presented lively and informative sessions. Co-Directors Pam Piedfort and Dr. Lennie Irvin also shared their great topics as well as Sunkyung Chung and Linda Barron who presented how to use writing with immigrant students to build self-esteem. UTSA Literacy Professor, Dr. Misty Sailors was also with us sharing information on UTSA's Masters and Doctoral Programs. We also thank Heinemann & The Twig for providing books. It was wonderful to see Gakyung Jeong, and her mother and so many TC's show up and help and I'm sorry that I can't name them all in this space. TC's Troy Wilson, Catherine Stier, Shannon Blady, Kalpana Iyengar, Betty Hogan, Jeanette Pierce and Co-director Dr. Aurelia de Silva all were so helpful along with volunteers Jennifer Galvan, Tanis Lemons and Michelle Benavides. TC Lori Prior's daughter Kaitlin began the conference sharing her anti-bullying work in her high school while TC Amy Stengel's students from the North East School of the Arts closed the day by sharing their incredible poetry with us. All of this would be meaningless without an audience and what a wonderful audience we had! Filled with teachers and soon to be teachers, graduate students and undergraduate students, and SAWP TC's, it was a pleasure to be with such amazing educators. I left feeling how lucky we are in San Antonio to have such a special and caring community of learners. It's hard to describe my gratitude to everyone for such a wonderful day.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Conversations: Bullying

Watch CONVERSATIONS: Bullying on PBS. See more from Conversations.
Using Writing to Confront Bullying

Teachers and School Bullying

The Challenges of Reaching Out to Troubled Students

Implementing Multicultural Education

Putting National Bullying Laws into Practice in the Classroom

A School-Wide Approach to Bullying Prevention

Scholar Roxanne Henkin Named 2012 Education Headliner by Association for Women in Communications

by Christi Fish

Education scholar Roxanne Henkin in the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching has been named the 2012 Education Headliner by the San Antonio Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications (AWC). Henkin will receive her award at the AWC’s 32nd Annual Awards Banquet and Silent Auction on Friday, June 22.

Henkin joined the UTSA College of Education and Human Development in 2003 with 18 years of teaching experience in the public school system and 13 years as a professor at National Louis University in Chicago. Her research interests include literacy and social justice, critical literacy, and writing, and she is the author of two books on literacy and social justice: Confronting Bullying: Literacy as a Tool for Character Education (2005) and Who’s Invited to Share: Using Literacy to Teach for Equity and Social Justice (1998). Her work has also appeared in a variety of scholarly journals such asVoices from the Middle, Democracy & Education, Language Arts, English Journal and Literacy Matters.

Henkin established the San Antonio Writing Project in 2006 as a partnership between the National Writing Project and the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching to improve the writing of Pre-K through college students in the greater San Antonio region, particularly English Language Learners and children from impoverished areas of south Texas. It is one of more than 200 National Writing Project sites that aim to collectively improve writing instruction in K-12 classrooms across the nation. Similarly, she established the Limpopo Writing Project in South Africa, which she and the San Antonio Writing Project continue to support. The Limpopo Writing Project will hold its fourth Invitational Institute in July.

“I am honored to be receiving this award and I'd like to share it with all the teachers in the San Antonio Writing Project who do such incredible work with their students every day,” said Henkin.

 The AWC will honor six other notable professionals alongside Henkin at this year’s awards ceremony. They include:

  • Elizabeth Ruiz, KTSA 550 AM/Border Media, Media Excellence Headliner
  • Lucy Greer Burton, University Presbyterian Church’s Source of Light Center, Harriet Ross Individual Achievement Headliner
  • David T. Young, Ph.D., Southwest Research Institute, Professional Achievement Headliner
  • Mary Stanchak, Discovery School, Public Endeavor Headliner
  • Patt CantĂș, San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, Volunteer Service Headliner
  • Susie P. Gonzalez, Trinity University, AWC Maggie Cousins Award