AASU to Host New National Writing Project Site
Nationally recognized project for teachers comes to Savannah
(February 25, 2010) Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) has received a $30,000 grant from the National Writing Project to establish the Coastal Savannah Writing Project. Local teachers will be invited to participate in summer and school year programs focused on improving student writing and learning.
Leading the local writing project effort is Pat Wachholz, dean of the AASU College of Education, and Lesley Roessing, project director and AASU instructor of Middle Grades Education.
"The writing project is a highly regarded professional development program that gives teachers the techniques to create an entire classroom of students who can write well and clearly," said Roessing. "Writing, as we know, is essential to academic success, so we want our coastal area teachers and their students to reap the benefits of this influential program."
The National Writing Project, a federally funded professional development network with more than 200 university-based sites across the country, including the new site in Savannah, reaches approximately 130,000 educator participants each year.
The first Coastal Savannah Writing Project summer institute will be held from June 22 to July 16, 2010. Participating teachers will study successful classroom strategies for teaching writing, read and discuss research, and improve their knowledge of writing by writing themselves.