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April 2008

Release Date: April 16, 2008

ASU Receives Federal Grant for Writing Project

The Angelo State University Department of Teacher Education has received a $43,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the Pearl of the Concho Writing Project, designed to improve the teaching of writing in area public schools.

The National Writing Project grant will fund up to 20 area teachers’ participation in special training opportunities. The new grant is the fifth for the Pearl of the Concho Writing Project.

One of the key components of the ASU project is the summer institute, which provides four weeks of professional development in writing and is worth six hours of graduate credit to participants. Participants are selected through an application and interview process.

During the institute, teachers meet in small groups to work on their own writing. They learn methods to increase their effectiveness and develop leadership skills through demonstrations. Comprehensive training strengthens their skills in teaching reading and writing.

Most of the teachers from past summer institutes have been from the San Angelo Independent School District and others have come from Abilene, Sweetwater, Colorado City, Blackwell, Bangs, Brownwood, Eldorado, Eden, Ozona, Wall, Grape Creek, Veribest and Mertzon.

After completing the institute, participants become teacher consultants for the National Writing Project and make presentations at professional conferences, participate in study groups and attend writing retreats.

In-service training programs are conducted throughout the academic year and utilize multicultural approaches to teaching literacy. Complementary programs include the Young Writers Festival, the 2008 Open Institutes and the Fall Literacy Conference.

The ASU project’s resource library, in Carr Education and Fine Arts Building Room 123, contains current books, periodicals and curriculum materials focusing on literacy.

The Pearl of the Concho Writing Project is a non-profit organization funded by the Department of Education and is an authorized provider of professional development in accordance with the No Child Left Behind law. The Web site for the Pearl of the Concho Writing Project is For more information, call Dr. Cheryl Hines at 942-2052.