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On-Site Consulting: New York City Writing Project

By: Nancy Mintz, Alan Stein, Marcie Wolfe
Publication: National Writing Project at Work
Date: November 2002

Summary: Nancy Mintz and Alan L. Stein, teacher-consultants from the New York City Writing Project, describe their experiences with weekly on-site consulting in teaching writing at a middle school and with literacy-based school reform at a high school. Introduction by Marcie Wolfe.


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Our twenty years of inservice experience have taught us that one key to improving teacher practice and student performance in reading and writing across the curriculum is developing stable, long-term professional development relationships with schools. These relationships, built over time and within the context of each school, develop out of three mutually reinforcing components of our program:

  • on-site, after-school seminars in the teaching of reading and writing for teachers from all disciplines and grade levels
  • the presence of an on-site teacher-consultant two days each week, whose job is to plan lessons and projects with teachers, team-teach, recommend and provide resources, encourage the publication of student writing through anthologies and displays, and organize peer dissemination of good practices throughout the school
  • direct work with the schools' administrators, focused on their educational goals.

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