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2015 Fall Renewal Conference

“Implementing Problem and Project Based Learning (PBL): Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat”Register Now

Thursday, October 15, 2015
3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

University Readiness Center, USC Upstate

By connecting classroom activities to real-world problem solving, you bring relevance to the learning experience. Students will be less inclined to ask “When will we need to know this?” and more apt to dig into an inquiry experience that matters to them. ~Suzie Boss, Ed Week Teacher

For more than 30 years, the Spartanburg Writing Project has been working with teachers in Upstate SC and with National Writing Project sites across the country to develop a shared vision for literacy instruction. During the 2012-2013 academic year SWP logged over 12,000 hours of professional development through continuity and in-service programs. Of those teachers who attended our 2014 Invitational Summer Institute, 100% cited improved expertise and excitement for teaching writing.

Keynote Speaker

Hunter JolleyHunter Jolley is currently serving students as an administrator at Byrnes High School and instructor at USC Upstate. He was honored to serve as the inaugural lead science teacher for Spartanburg School District Two during his tenure as both an instructional leader and teacher. He holds a bachelor's degree from USC Upstate, master's degree in Executive Leadership from Gardner Webb University, and is currently finalizing his dissertation for his doctoral degree. During his tenure, he has received over $14,000 in grant funding, served in multiple student support groups, and chaired numerous leadership committees. In 2015, he was honored to be the first person in his district's history to be named a top five finalist for the title of South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Hunter is a proud alumnus of the Spartanburg Writing Project and recently took part in an anthology of mini-essays written by battle-tested instructors. He is happily married to Lacey Jolley. Together, they have two daughters, Natalie and Kaylee.  

$45 per person
Discount available for groups of 20 or more. 
To register, please click here.

Schedule of Events
Registration and Refreshments3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Welcome, Keynote Address4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions 15:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions 26:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Certificates for Recertification7:00 p.m.


An affiliate of the National Writing Project


Contact Us
Tasha A. Thomas, Director
USC Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Office 864-503-5653
Fax 864-503-5825

Additional Resources
The National Writing Project
SC State Council of The International Reading Association
SC Council of Teachers of English
National Council for Teachers of English
SC Department of Education
Hub City Writers Project
Spartanburg Writing Project Blog


The Spartanburg Writing Project is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a national model for professional development with more than 180 sites across the United States and the world.