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August 2009

Release Date: Aug. 20, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Writing Project Sparks Innovation in Teachers

Eleven area school teachers recently completed the Pearl of the Concho Writing Project four-week summer institute conducted on the Angelo State University campus.

In its sixth year, the Pearl of the Concho Writing Project focuses on ASU College of Education graduate students who earn six graduate hours on completion. Some of the project’s past summer institute participants also presented programs for other teachers in the area at the Education Service Center Region XV in San Angelo.

The Pearl of the Concho Writing Project was established in 2004 by Dr. Cheryl Hines, ASU professor of teacher education. Dr. Marilyn Eisenwine is now director of the program, which is affiliated with the National Writing Project (NWP). The program runs during July and presents new ideas and approaches for teachers to help students improve their writing skills.

Eisenwine said, “During my first experience with the summer institute, I found that one of the major values of the program is the networking and professional support for area teachers, grades K-12 and college. The personal relationships and support systems that developed during the four-week program were truly amazing. Demonstration lessons in integrating writing lessons in the curriculum at all levels were also invaluable.”

The NWP initiative served more than 3,000 teachers at 200 university-based sites nationwide in 2009.

For more information on the Pearl of the Concho Writing Project, call the ASU Department of Teacher Education at 942-2052.