Red Clay Writing Project Saturday Morning Series, April 11, 2020 ~ Online Workshop for Teachers

When Autonomy Seems Unreachable: Finding Power and Choice in Mandated Curriculum

Date: April 11, 2020

Instructor: Jennifer Whitley, Athens Community Career Academy

Schedule: The workshop will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. via Zoom

Cost: $25

Description: With ever-growing standardized mandates, it feels increasingly difficult to find one’s teacher voice in the classroom--and to implement curriculum that encourages students to express their own. This workshop will unpack research-based practices that make room for teacher and student autonomy in standards-based curriculum through creative reading and writing techniques. The instructor will model instructional and learning strategies while participants workshop ideas. Attendees will leave with access to digital resources they can use with their own students.

This workshop will be offered online only!Register for the workshop and a link to the Zoom application will be sent to you by email the day before the workshop.  Enjoy some time for professional development while practicing healthy social distancing.

Instructor: Jennifer Whitley, Athens Community Career Academy

Jennifer Jackson Whitley is a doctoral candidate in Language and Literacy Education at The University of Georgia. She has over 11 years of teaching experience and is now back in the high school ELA classroom at Athens Community Career Academy after teaching with the Institute for Women’s Studies at UGA for the last three years. Jennifer’s scholarship and research is grounded in feminist and critical theories, with a strong social justice foundation. Her current research uses narrative analysis to look at women rural school teachers and how their gender identities intersect with place, unpacking ruralities from a feminist lens. She has published various articles and book chapters, but her article, ‘These fragments I have shored against my ruins’: Intertextuality in the dialogical secondary classroom, won the Journal of Literacy Innovation’s 2016 Article of the Year Award. She is also proud to be the 2018 recipient of The University of Georgia’s George Hugh Boyd Memorial Scholarship and a 2019 recipient of UGA’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. She began her work with The Red Clay Writing Project as a graduate of the Summer Institute in 2016 and has collaborated with middle school-aged students at Camp Red Clay over the last two summers.

Cost: $25

Registration & Cancellation Deadline: April 6, 2020

Cancellation and Refund Policy: All cancellations must be submitted via email to before the cancellation deadline in order to receive a full refund. Cancellations after the cancellation deadline are non-refundable. If cancellation is not made by the deadline, and you are not able to attend, you or your organization is still liable for payment.

Registration Transfer: If you have registered for an event but cannot attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. Simply email 48 hours before the event to with the registration information of the person who will attend.

Payment Information

Paying by check: If you choose to pay by check by submitting a purchase order, the amount due will adjust to $0.00 because you haven't actually paid anything yet. We will send an official invoice by email showing the amount due and the address to mail payment so that you can submit for payment. Checks should be made payable to “UGA”.

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Invoice procedure for everyone paying by check/PO or UGA Journal Entry: Invoices will be sent a few days after the registration is confirmed. When you successfully complete the registration process, you will receive two emails from Melanie Baer ( One to let you know the registration has been received and a second when it is confirmed. A few days later, you will receive an email from Julie Davis ( including a copy of the official invoice and the payment address. Please don’t remit payment until you receive the email from Julie Davis as sometimes checks are sent to the wrong UGA office by mistake. This process often takes up to 5 business days to complete.

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RCWP April 2020