Berkeley, CA — August 28, 2007 — Teachers across the country are heading back to school after dedicating four weeks of their well-earned summer break to learning new teaching skills on writing. Over 3,000 enthusiastic and highly motivated educators participated in the National Writing Project (NWP) 2007 Summer Institutes at nearly 200 NWP sites on college campuses nationwide.
"The NWP Summer Institute has become one of the most inspiring and motivating programs for teachers nationwide," commented Richard Sterling, NWP executive director. "It is an opportunity for them to refresh their teaching skills, to reconnect with their academic community, and to grow their knowledge of new techniques essential to the life skills of their students."
Teachers of kindergarteners through college students participated in NWP programs designed to provide educators with innovative strategies for helping students improve their writing abilities. The teachers are now taking their experiences and insights back to their local school districts where they will conduct professional development workshops for other teachers. Most important, they will bring state-of-the-art techniques, confidence, and enthusiasm to their classrooms.
It is not uncommon for participants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to remark that the summer institute enriched their lives and transformed their classrooms. Elizabeth Davis, a technology education teacher in Washington, D.C. stated, "Because of the Writing Project, I have the tools to teach writing and to use writing to learn."
Joe Bellino of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, commented, "What I learned at the Summer Institute continues to be part of what I teach every day." Across the country in California, Principal Alison McDonald commented, "The writing project kept me in teaching and it made me a very different administrator."
The National Writing Project (NWP) is a nationwide network of educators working together to strengthen writing instruction in America´s schools. Independent evaluation finds that students in the classrooms of NWP teachers make significant gains in writing achievement. www.nwp.org