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Rocky Mountain Peer Tutoring Conference--an appreciation

Tomorrow a couple of tutors and I are headed down to Cedar City, Utah, to attend the Rocky Mountain Peer Tutoring Conference. This small conference is dedicated to peer tutoring and has been a boon to the struggling Rocky Mountain Regional.

This years, as with years in the past, we will start with a director session on Friday afternoon. After our Regional Board meeting (lead by the fantastic Claire Hughes from Weber State University), we will have two presentations from directors. The first by Jonathan Balzotti of the University of Utah is intriguingly entitled “Tracking Discourse: How Tutors Can Teach Writing Centers." The verb's object is what intrigues me most. Writing centers in this becomes a concept to be taught to students at larg...interesting. Next we'll hear from Star Coulbrooke and Susan Andersen of Utah State University with a presentation titled “How Collaborative Programs Redefine and Support Writing on the University Campus and Ripple Out to the surrounding Community.”

Following that, we directors go out to dinner while in the mean time the peer tutors we've brought have a chance to socialize on their own and meet their colleagues from around the region. I think it is a good idea for peer tutors to get away from their directors at such conferences. There is a tendency to stick to close to home, I think.

In any case, the conference starts full swing on Saturday morning. I'm still studying the program to see what I want to join in on. I am hoping to record some sessions as I've done in the past for PeerCentered podcasts. That reminds me--I still need to ask Neal if I can podcast his keynote address from last year's excellent conference hosted by Boise State.

Oh and I'll be tweeting the conference. Tweet on!

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