KY Western Kentucky University WP Partners with WKU Reading Project and School of Teacher Education

Dec 6, 2015
Posted by: nicoletteamann

Western Kentucky WP benefits from ongoing relationships with WKY Reading Project and the School of Teacher Education by offering co-sponsored workshops and professional development as well as by recruiting for their Invitational Summer Institute. 

Over the past two years, we have strengthened our ties with the WKU Reading Project and its new director, Nancy Hulan.  Again this past summer, we partnered with them for a joint writing workshop with young adult author Courtney Stevens, after which we shared a potluck lunch.   In fall 2014, Reading Project teachers presented along with Writing Project Fellows at our jointly sponsored New Teacher Workshop, providing professional development for an at-capacity crowd.  Two Reading Project Fellows from 2014 joined the WKU Writing Project as TCs for 2015, attending our ISI 2015.  We also plan to partner with the Reading Project for the Breakfast with an Author event in April in conjunction with the annual Southern Kentucky Book Fest in Bowling Green, KY.  

Since 2012, Dr. Otto has been collaborating with the School of Teacher Education to pilot a clinical model of teacher education for secondary English and social studies teachers.  In 2014-15 in that role, she instructed secondary teaching candidates in methods for writing across the disciplines.  Students in the clinical model program have attended Writing Project events as part of their professional development requirements.  Dr. Otto has also developed a framework for reflective teaching that has been incorporated into the model. We expect that, by establishing a relationship with teacher candidates during their pre-service experience, the WKU Writing Project will have a head start in recruiting these teachers for the Summer Institute during the initial years of their first teaching jobs and thus continue to grow our community of teacher leaders grounded in NWP principles of literacy instruction.  We have been working with the School of Teacher Education for a number of years to promote our fall and spring New Teacher Workshops to student teachers, and this new program can only serve to strengthen that relationship.  WKU Writing Project also works closely with the Green River Regional Education Cooperative, inviting GRREC personnel to lead sessions for the New Teacher Workshops as well as the fall and spring mini-conferences and during the Summer Institute.