National Writing Project

Rejuvenated Teachers Ready for School to Start

More than 3,000 Motivated to Improve Student Writing

For Immediate Release

 

BERKELEY, CA, August 10, 2006 – As stifling heat and humidity make it difficult for most of the country to be enthusiastic about anything, more than 3,000 teachers are eagerly anticipating the start of the school year. Rejuvenated by the National Writing Project's Summer Institutes, these educators are excited about having the opportunity to share their new insights with fellow teachers and students alike.

During the summer, National Writing Project (NWP) sites across the country invite highly motivated teachers of kindergarteners through college students to participate in a four-week program designed to provide innovative approaches for helping students improve their writing skills.

Participating teachers arrive at 194 college campuses ready to demonstrate their own best practices and to learn from their locally recognized and accomplished colleagues. The experience makes an indelible impression on their teaching. It is not uncommon for participants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to remark that the summer institute transformed their classrooms.

The teachers take their new insights and skills back to their local school districts where they conduct professional development workshops for other teachers. Most important, they bring state of the art techniques, confidence, and enthusiasm to their classrooms.

Their enthusiasm can be measured by some of their remarks after attending a summer institute. "Because of the writing project, I have the tools to teach writing and to use writing to learn," says Elizabeth Davis, a technology education teacher in Washington, D.C. In a nearby school district in Silver Spring, MD, Joe Bellino commented, "What I learned at the summer institute continues to be part of what I teach every day." Across the country in California, Principal Alison McDonald claims, "The writing project kept me in teaching and it made me a very different administrator."

 

The National Writing Project is a nationwide network of educators working together to strengthen writing instruction in America's schools. Independent evaluation finds that students in the classrooms of NWP teachers make significant gains in writing achievement.

 

For more information, find a writing project site in your area or visit the links below.

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