CSU–Pueblo receives funding to continue Writing Project

The Southern Colorado Writing Project (SCWP) has been awarded a federal grant of $45,000 to continue its programs and activities for the 2007-2008 school year.

The National Writing Project provides this grant through the U.S. Department of Education. These funds will be matched during the 2007-2008 year by a substantial commitment by CSU – Pueblo, Pueblo City Schools, and Pueblo School Districts 70. The funds provided by this grant will help to support the four-week summer institute for K-16 teachers and continuity, in-service, and community outreach work during the academic year.

“We are thrilled to continue our affiliation with the National Writing Project and work with educators,” said Katherine Frank, SCWP Director. “It is an honor to be able to collaborate and work with such insightful and dedicated K through 16 colleagues from throughout the Southern Colorado area.”

Among the SCWP’s community collaborations are the All Pueblo Reads Project each fall, a Community Writing Marathon Series, and this June, the first “Author’s Institute,” a week’-long writing camp for adolescent writers designed by a team of four teachers who took the Advanced Institute.

The most recent funding of SCWP means continuation of the writing institutes, partnerships with Pueblo City-County Library District, in-service work with local and rural school districts, workshops by teachers through the SCWP at local and national conferences, and publications by SCWP teachers through the National Writing Project.

The Southern Colorado Writing Project allows teachers to learn from other teachers. The SCWP holds writing workshops on writing instruction, allowing its participants to take this information back to their school or spread the information elsewhere. Since its first pilot Summer institute during summer 2003, more than 65 educators from southern Colorado have participated in the program and hundreds of other students and educators have benefited from SCWP programs and the hard work and expertise of SCWP Teacher-Consultants.

With a quarter-century of success, the National Writing Project has demonstrated that the best teachers of writing are other teachers, that contemporary academic studies in the field of rhetoric and composition have practical value for writing teachers at all levels, that writing promotes learning in all areas of the curriculum, and that teachers who are writers themselves are the most effective writing teachers. These principles guide the Southern Colorado Writing Project and its Summer Institute for the teaching of writing. The Institute will be held this summer from June 5-28, but already is full with a waiting list.

For more information about the SCWP, visit http://www.scwponline.org

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