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The Johnston Area Writing Partnership

By: Ruie Pritchard, Sandra O'Berry, Patsy Butler
Publication: National Writing Project at Work
Date: November 2002

Summary: Authors Butler, O'Berry, and Pritchard recount how they have established and maintained a district-based satellite writing project an hour's distance from the NWP site.


Seven years in the making, this university–school-district partnership has grown from an informal relationship to a funded, in-district staff development project with a mission statement and ongoing action plans. The partnership offers two-week summer institutes, advanced training to build local leadership, school-year sessions, and continuous evaluation—all implemented in the district by teacher-consultants.

This monograph offers an overview of successes and struggles while providing a model for school districts wanting to establish an outreach project affiliated with a National Writing Project site.

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