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Tampa Bay Area Writing Project Showcases Summer Institute Teacher-Leaders

Publication: Maddux News Wire
Date: July 13, 2012

Summary: The Tampa Bay Area Writing Project (Florida), showcased the work of its Summer Institute fellows this week with individual demonstration lessons from its teacher-leaders. "These teachers are the very best; they learn from each other, share their best practices and challenge each other to do their best," says director Pat Jones.


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Nineteen teachers from five surrounding counties have spent four weeks of their summer vacation at the Tampa Bay Area Writing Project's Invitational Summer Institute held at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Teachers from surrounding counties came together to build community, develop themselves as writers, read research to understand the craft of writing, create a teacher demonstration lesson to share with colleagues, and develop lasting friendships in the process.

[The Tampa Bay Area Writing Project (TBAWP)] will be hosting its Summer Institute Showcase July 12 at 10 a.m. at the College of Education, room 317. Fellows will share their individual teacher demonstration lesson with the audience, and then Fellows will graduate and become teacher consultants with the TBAWP and the National Writing Project. . . .

Teacher Kelly DeLaCruz stated, "The thing that impresses me most about my fellow TBAWPers is their courage. Teachers tell their students all the time to take risks in front of each other, but how often do teachers take risks in front of other teachers? My fellow writers take risks in their demo lesson, and they are brave in sharing their stories, unrevised and raw. They open themselves up for feedback. I love that!"

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