Eastern Michigan WP Family Literacy Institute: A Midwest Success!

Feb 26, 2013
Posted by: kcmckay

Eastern Michigan WP drew TCs from seven NWP sites across a three-state region as participants the site's Family Literacy Regional Training Institute.

On Saturday, May 19, 2012, Teacher Consultants representing Writing Project sites from across Michigan and the Midwest came together on the campus of Eastern Michigan University for the EMWP Family Literacy Regional Training Institute.  NWP sites represented at the Institute included, from Michigan: Chippewa River Writing Project, Crossroads Writing Project, Lake Michigan Writing Project, Saginaw Bay Writing Project, and Red Cedar Writing Project; from Indiana: Hoosier Writing Project, and from Ohio: Ohio Writing Project,.    

During the Institute, Cathy Fleischer and Kimberly Pavlock offered background information about the Family Literacy Initiative (FLI) and modeled two different workshops for Institute participants: “How to Help Your Child Write: A Workshop for Parents” and “Make Way for Writing: A Family Writing Workshop.”  They also answered questions about training TC’ s as presenters, marketing the FLI, and ideas for further outreach opportunities.  At the end of the day, they led attendees through a series of prompts to help them think about ways they might be able to encourage parent involvement and promote family literacy at their own schools and Writing Project sites. 

The Institute ran from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Halle Library on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.  Because money is tight for Writing Project sites across the country, the EMWP charged just $75 per person to attend.  Breakfast and lunch were included. 

Cathy and Kim were pleased with the feedback that they received from consultants about the training.

The number of parent and family writing workshops offered through the EMWP Family Literacy Initiative continues to grow.  A complete list is available at http://emichwp.org/wp/for-families/family-literacy-initiative/.  Some of our newest offerings include: “Writing Across Generations: A Workshop for Elementary Students and their Grandparents” and “Family Writing Fun Night” which provides students and their families with a variety of engaging and fun writing activities/stations to take part in together.