With Different Eyes: Supporting Access and Equity in Writing for Teachers and Their Students

UCLA Writing Project’s annual event in its 29thyear; Jamila Lyiscott, author and TEDTalk speaker, to keynote.

Jamila Lyiscott, TED Talk speaker and author of “Black Appetite. White Food. – Issues of Race, Voice, and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom,” will keynote the annual “With Different Eyes” conference, presented by the UCLA Writing Project on Saturday, Nov. 2 in Moore Hall. 

Faye Peitzman, director of the UCLA Writing Project, says that Lyiscott’s appearance will provide, “a great way to gain appreciation of multi-linguistic dexterity—in Jamila’s case, Black English, Haitian creole and standardized English. She just weaves them in and out, with purpose, and as she sees fit.  You can call her animated, energized, wise, but if you call her ‘articulate,’ you better know the enhanced meaning of the word.”

“With Different Eyes” is in its 29thyear as the signature event of the UCLA Writing Project, a program of UCLA’s Center X. The event is centered on preparing teachers to more effectively teach language and writing, with an emphasis on access, equity, and the needs of English learners. The conference’s social justice focus, aligned with the Common Core State Standards, explores the challenges and rewards of teaching and learning in urban classrooms from kindergarten through university levels. 

Workshops for K-University teachers and administrators include “How Hip-Hop Enhances Canonical Literature,” “Comedy, Collaboration and Multimedia,” “Using Students’ Questions to Drive Learning,” “Para maestros de habla espanol,” “Stronger Writers: How to Support Students with Learning Differences,” and “Using Socratic Seminars to Access Academic Writing.”

To attend “With Different Eyes,” or for more information and a complete list of workshops, visit this link or contact Faye Peitzman at peitzman@gseis.ucla.edu or 310-825-6990.