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NWP Radio—Teachers and Writers Together at Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Part 2

Date: November 4, 2010

Summary: In this second of two episodes on student-staffed writing centers, we hear from Writing Project sites that have worked with schools to develop writing centers. How can writing centers be at the center of a professional development model for teachers and students alike?


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It was absolutely amazing, not only for the coach, but for the kids. The kids could help each other in a small group that they were comfortable with, and that they felt like, 'Okay, I can now apply what I've done back in the first eight weeks to help someone else get better at their writing.'

We were just amazed at how fast the improvements took place. Within two weeks, we were saying, 'Oh my gosh, the kid who couldn't write a paragraph has now got a topic sentence and lots of details.' It was just really a super, super experience."

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