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ASU Writing Project Gets National Grant

June 11, 2012

Angelo State University’s Pearl of the Concho Writing Project (PCWP) has received a $20,000 continuation grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the National Writing Project. 

Dr. Marilyn Eisenwine and Dr. Marva Solomon of the teacher education faculty proposed the continuation grant, which will help fund the PCWP’s Summer Writing Institute for 2012-13.

The Summer Writing Institute will take on a new format in 2013 consisting of an intensive, two-week training session focusing on relevant research, lesson planning and teacher-writers.  Sixteen K-12 teachers will join together for collaboration and networking across grade levels to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms.  Rather than college credit, the institute will offer Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours and a stipend for teachers. 

PCWP also conducts in-service training programs throughout the academic year utilizing multicultural approaches to teaching literacy.  Complementary programs include the Young Writers’ Camp and Teen Writers’ Camp for elementary and middle school students, as well as the Spring Literacy Conference in partnership with the Region XV Education Service Center for teachers and ASU education students.

The Pearl of the Concho Writing Project is one of 10 National Writing Project sites in Texas, and since its inception in 2004 has trained more than 100 teachers to improve writing instruction in their classrooms.  It is a non-profit organization funded by the Department of Education through the ASU Department of Teacher Education, and is an authorized provider of professional development in accordance with the No Child Left Behind law.

For more information on the Pearl of the Concho Writing Project, go online to or call Solomon at 325-486-6957.  Information about the National Writing Project is available online at