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Arkansas Delta Writing Project
encourages applications for 2010 Summer Writing Institute for Teachers
The Arkansas Delta Writing Project at ASU is accepting applications for
2010 Summer Writing Institute for Teachers. The four-week summer
institute is being held at Arkansas State University in the Department
of Teacher Education from Monday, June 7-Friday, July 2.
The Arkansas Delta Writing Project hopes to recruit up to 22 teachers to
participate in the institute. There is an application and interview
process that guides the selection of the institute’s Fellows. Final
selections will be made by the end of March, and selected participants
will receive graduate credit toward several College of Education
master’s degree programs. Beyond that, participants will belong to the
national network of more than 200 National Writing Project (NWP) sites
on college campuses in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto
Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The National Writing Project is the most significant coordinated effort
to improve writing in America. Through its professional development
model, NWP develops the leadership, programs, and research needed for
teachers to help students become successful writers and learners.
Central to the writing institute are teacher-participants’ demonstration
lessons based upon individual expertise and classroom experiences. In
addition, participants will explore innovative ways to integrate
technology into classroom practice. This exploration will be facilitated
by technology experts from the Arkansas Delta Writing Project and ASU.
Fellows experience writing on a personal level, as well, following the
National Writing Project model that “teachers of writing also write.”
Educators from kindergarten to college, in all content areas, are
invited to apply for the summer institute. National Writing Project
sites promote writing across all disciplines and consider writing an
important thinking tool for inquiry into all content areas.
"Teachers who attend NWP summer institutes return to their classrooms
with new strategies for teaching writing and with experience using
digital tools," said Sharon J. Washington, NWP executive director.
"Eighty percent of Americans believe there is a greater need now than
there was 20 years ago for a person to be able to write well in order to
succeed. Summer institutes are one of many writing project programs that
address this need."
research studies confirm significant gains in writing performance
among students whose teachers participate in NWP programs. Directors of
the Arkansas Delta Writing Project at ASU are Dr. Dixie Keyes and
LaToshia Woods. The project’s technology liaison is Dr. Audrey Bowser.
For more information, visit the Arkansas Delta Writing Project online at
http://www2.astate.edu/cpi/adwp/ or contact
Dr. Dixie Keyes by telephone at
(870) 680-8065 or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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