National Writing Project

Continuity in Action: How Sites Extend the Summer Institute

Date: January 2011

Summary: Writing Project sites offer a range of opportunities for teacher-consultants to extend and deepen the work of the professional community beyond the invitational summer institute. The following resources offer glimpses into a rich variety of continuity opportunities at local sites.


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