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LRNG Grant Project Supports Students in Learning to Create for the Web

Publication: Fairfield University News
Date: December 11, 2014

Summary: The Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield has been awarded one of 14 LRNG Innovation Challenge grants from the National Writing Project, in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and John Legend's Show Me Campaign. Their project will help students build their writing skills through different creative outlets.


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Dr. Bryan Ripley Crandall, director of CWP-Fairfield stated the grant funds collaborative work that was begun in 2014 when teachers met during a summer writing institute. 'The teachers wrote opinion pieces about education for the CT Mirror (a state news outlet) and thought similar collaboration would benefit their students,' said Dr. Crandall. 'They desired a way to bring diverse populations together. The LRNG grant seemed a logical fit and we applied. We were thrilled to be selected.'

The LRNG Innovation award will support students to write for real-world audiences through podcasting, Ted Talks, digital storytelling, ethnography, and blogging. Students at each school will read Matt de la Peña's young adult novel We Were Here and receive professional advice from entrepreneur and performance personality Robert Galinsky."

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