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TX San Antonio Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute Goes Digital

Posts by: benbates on Mon, 2015-12-14 21:48 with 0 comments

As Site Director Dr. Roxanne Henkin says, the San Antonio Writing Project “made the decision to go completely digital in 2007, which means that everything about our site became digital.”  With the help of Technology Liaison Dr. Lennie Irvin, the SAWP provides access to a digital library of articles on multiliteracies, multimodal digital literacies, English Language Learners, writing process and professional development.  Together, ISI participants read Create, Compose, Connect!

TX San Antonio Writing Project, Six Other Sites Collaborate To “Write For Texas”

Posts by: benbates on Mon, 2015-12-14 21:42 with 0 comments

In conjunction with The San Antonio Writing Project and six other Texas Writing Project Sites, the Texas Educational Agency launched an initiative in 2014 to promote writing across the curriculum in middle and high schools in areas where students score poorly on the STAAR Writing Test.

TX San Antonio Writing Project Offers Vital Professional Development To Texas Teachers

Posts by: benbates on Mon, 2015-12-14 21:36 with 0 comments

Supported by a growing roster of bilingual teacher consultants, a continuing, characteristic focus on teaching English Language Learners, a record of in-service activities including an annual teachers’ conference, and professional development contracts with a number of regional school districts, the San Antonio Writing Project enjoyed a banner year of service in 2015.  During a series of “Super Saturday” workshops and school year contracts with South San Antonio, Harlandale, and North East Independent School Districts, SAWP teacher consultants shared ideas and experience

TX San Antonio Writing Project Offers Mission San Jose Writing Camp

Posts by: benbates on Mon, 2015-12-14 21:30 with 0 comments

With funding provided by the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Texas – San Antonio, San Antonio Writing Project teacher consultants conducted a week-long summer writing camp for students in grades 4 to 6 in July, 2015.  The Mission Library event was one of three camps sponsored by SAWP last summer, designed to provide professional development as well as meet young writers’ creative and artistic needs--needs that are difficult to meet in school, where writing for standardized assessments has become a prime focus.

 

SAN JOSE AREA WRITING PROJECT, KELLOGG FOUNDATION BUILD FAMILY LITERACY WITH ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

Posts by: benbates on Tue, 2015-12-01 21:33 with 0 comments

Working with Valle Vista Elementary School children and their parents, San Jose Area Writing Project teacher consultants led a family literacy program in 2015 that included Saturday trips to local libraries, writing, drawing, games, and story-telling during after-school workshops, and modeling of the three text types of Common Core Writing at family nights that featured socializing and food.  The “Read with Me, Write with Me” program, for English Learners in kindergarten to third grade, was supported by a grant from the Kellogg Foundation.

 

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA WRITING PROJECT NURTURES A HYBRID: ADVANCED INSTITUTE/WRITING RETREAT

Posts by: benbates on Sun, 2015-11-29 13:59 with 0 comments

Southern Louisiana Writing Project combined elements from the Invitational Summer Institute with their experience as sponsors of writing marathons to create “Writing in Good Company in New Orleans,” a SEED-funded Advanced Institute that attracted 60 participants.

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA WRITING PROJECT PRESCRIBES WRITING MARATHONS TO SUSTAIN TEACHERS

Posts by: benbates on Sun, 2015-11-29 13:52 with 0 comments

In an era of belt-tightening, layoffs, and other cost-cutting efforts, Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project continues to sponsor writing marathons to celebrate and support the work of teachers.

CAPITAL AREA WRITING PROJECT PROMOTES LITERACY EDUCATION WITH CONTINUITY EVENTS

Posts by: benbates on Tue, 2015-11-17 21:43 with 0 comments

CAWP hosted more than 100 of region’s educators, teachers and administrators, and pre-service teachers during two seminars to promote literacy and professional development.  The Fall Seminar, “Diverse Voices in Literature” featured National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson; the Spring Seminar was titled “Non-Fiction Mentor Texts within the Common Core,” with authors Lynn Dorfman and Rose Capelli as guests.   

 

Ohio University Appalachian Writing Project Develops Compassionate Teachers

Posts by: benbates on Tue, 2015-11-17 21:35 with 0 comments

In a weeklong workshop focused on the need to keep students engaged and encouraged with their writing, Ohio University Appalachian Writing Project Director Sherrie Gradin and Co-directors Don Dudding and Talinn Philips led a group of teachers who read Teaching for the Students: Habits of Heart, Mind, and Practice in the Engaged Classroom by Bob Fecho, engaged in informal writing and group discussions, and re-committed themselves to writing pedagogy attuned to expressive development, as opposed to test score improvement.  Participants expressed their frustration with demands fo

Eastern Illinois Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute Celebrates “sacred writing time.”

Posts by: benbates on Tue, 2015-11-17 21:27 with 0 comments

Eastern Illinois Writing Project begins every summer institute session with sacred time for teachers to write in their journals.

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