Plymouth Writing Project to Hold Special Institutes Starting June 30

June 16th, 2008 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-The Plymouth Writing Project is holding two special institutes starting June 30 at Plymouth State University.

The first institute is designed for teachers who would like to gain a thorough background in the teaching of writing with practical applications they can use in their classrooms. Participants will write, respond to other’s writing, and reflect on how this experience informs their thinking about their teaching. They will review research and theory in reading research groups, do guided research on a topic related to their teaching, and devise, practice, and workshop strategies for classroom use. The cost for the institute is $600. Participants can register for three graduate credits at the additional cost of $125/credit.

Also featured this summer through the Plymouth Writing Project is another special institute, Empowering Your Students with Writing on Demand, which runs from July 21-July 24 and features Leila Christenbury, past president of the National Council of Teachers of English. This special focus institute is designed for teachers who would like to learn how to prepare students for on-demand writing situations, including standardized writing examinations. It is open to all teachers and other interested parties. Participants will examine best practices, research and devise, practice and workshop strategies for classroom use. The cost for the institute is $350. Participants can register for one graduate credit at the additional cost of $150.

Christenbury taught high school English before becoming a professor of English Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is co-author of Writing on Demand and A Student’s Guide to Writing on Demand. Some of her other publications include Making the Journey: Being and Becoming a Teacher of English Language Arts, now in its third edition, and Retracing the Journey: Teaching and Learning in an American High School.

For more information, contact the Plymouth Writing Project at www.plymouth.edu/pwp/summerinstitutes or Director Meg Petersen at megp@plymouth.edu.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Bruce Lyndes