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CLAS Journal Online

Our CLAS journal, Statement, is now online. Visit us at Statement Online. Read the most recent edition, browse archives, and learn how you can submit your writing.

CLAS Board Spotlight

Kate Farrell, our 2014-2015 CLAS President, pictured on a pleasant summer evening at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado.


Reading, Writing, and Visual Art Professional Development Opportunity

Saturday, Feb. 28th

Morning Session Hosted by DWP: Clyfford Still Museum (1250 Bannock Street in Denver) 9-11am

Our morning session is sponsored by a grant from the Clyfford Still Museum and therefore registration is free. (Space is limited to 20 people.) Includes a 2 hour professional development certificate., email​ or call 303-556-8394.

Afternoon Session Hosted by DWP and CLAS: Denver Art Museum (100 West 14th Avenue Parkway in Denver) 12-3pm

Our afternoon session is sponsored in partnership with the Colorado Language Arts Society and will take place at the Denver Art Museum. The registration fee of $25.00 will cover the cost of entering the museum, meeting space, and a wide variety of techniques for reading visuals and writing from visuals. We’ll meet in the lobby first to distribute entrance tickets, then proceed to a lecture room to write into the day and practice some activities. The rest of the afternoon will consist of a writing marathon throughout the museum, and we will close out the day by sharing some of our writing in the museum’s lecture room. The registration fee is $25 includes museum admission and a 3-hour professional development certificate. For more info, visit, email​ or call 303-556-8394.

Denver Writing Project Summer Institute

Teachers from any content area or any level of schooling can apply to the Denver Writing Project Summer Institute. The 2015 Summer Institute meets on weekdays from Monday, June 8 through Friday, June 26 on the Auraria Campus in Denver. Participants can take the Summer Institute for 0-6 English graduate credits that can apply toward an M.A. in English or Education at the University of Colorado Denver. Participants will receive a $300 stipend to partially offset the cost associated with participating (parking, gas, mileage, food, printing/copying, etc.). We will also provide all books needed for the institute (usually one professional text and one writing craft book).

Full updated information on the DWP website:

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2015 at 5:00 pm. If you would like more information, contact

Judith Gilbert Fellowship for CLAS Leaders

Deadline: November 30, 2015

Nomination form:  [GilbertApplication.pdf]


How can CLAS bring new leaders into the organization?

That is the question addressed by the Judith Gilbert Fellowship for CLAS Leaders, which honors the late Judith Gilbert (photo, left), who was a CLAS leader, Colorado Department of Education Consultant, Director of the Colorado Writing Project, and Curriculum Director at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center. In order to perpetuate the spirit of leadership and professionalism embodied by Judy, we encourage anyone who has held a leadership position in CLAS to mentor a promising newcomer.

Nominations for the Judith Gilbert Fellowship may be made by a current or previous leader in CLAS. "Leaders" are CLAS members who have held office or served on committees (including conference and contest committees). Mentors and nominees who have applied in previous years but who did not receive the fellowship may reapply.

As the person nominating, you must be willing to serve as a mentor for your nominee. Nominees must be current CLAS members, must have a minimum of two years teaching experience and be full-time teachers, and must have demonstrated leadership abilities.

The Colorado Writing Project provides funding for both recipients of the Fellowship (a mentor and an mentee) to receive CLAS memberships for one year as well as paid registrations to two CLAS-sponsored events, a Writing Conference, Colorado Teen Literature Conference, or the CLAS Regional Conference.  Recipients of the award will be introduced at the annual CLAS Regional Conference.

The nomination form at the top of this page further describes qualification criteria and information about the required commitment of both the mentor and the intern.

Submit nominations to: Maggie Freeburn, 4699 West 69th Avenue, Westminster, CO 80030, or by email to


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