In partnership with the Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center (SEARIC)Troy University, Wiregrass Writing Project Teacher Consultants (TCs) provide hundreds of quality professional development workshops in a variety of formats. All workshops are designed to assist teachers in incorporating best practices to provide instruction that accelerates student achievement.
Tailored Professional Development
The Wiregrass Writing Project Teacher Consultants are prepared to work with our area school districts to design unique programs to meet specific needs. Leadership teams from the Writing Project meet with administrators and leadership teams of teachers to determine content needs, delivery strategies, and scheduling. Tailored staff development provides districts with the necessary tools to meet the increasing demands of Writing Assessments, Subject Area Testing Programs, and Alabama Course of Study based assessments. National Writing Project and Alabama Writing Project resources are made available to schools through tailored programs.
Classroom Demonstrations with Debriefing/Teacher Mentoring
Teacher consultants present process-based lessons in teachers' classrooms, aligned with state and district standards. Small groups of teachers are debriefed on the strategies used in the demonstrations. Classroom demonstrations have been so successful that schools are now requesting scheduled classroom demonstrations as an integral part of their professional development programs.
Book Study Groups
Wiregrass Writing Project (WWP) staff assist school faculties in choosing relevant reading material for a year-long book study. During regularly scheduled "book club" style meetings, WWP staff facilitate discussions of the reading and when appropriate, model strategies for classroom implementation. Often book study sessions are held during teachers' planning times so that this program does not interfere with daily instructional time.
On-line Book Study Groups
Wiregrass Writing Project (WWP) staff select relevant reading material for a five-week book study that targets specific writing strategies. During scheduled on-line meetings, WWP staff facilitate discussions of the reading and when appropriate, model strategies for classroom implementation. Book study participants develop and share lesson implementing strategies spotlighted during the book study.
Teachers and administrators interested in scheduling a workshop should contact us at:
Wiregrass Writing Project
Attention: Margaret Folmar
025 Hawkins Hall
Troy University Troy, AL 36082
The WWP provides professional development, develops resources, generates research, and acts on knowledge to improve the teaching of writing and learning in schools and communities. We believe that teachers are key to helping other teachers; therefore, we believe strongly in the concept of teachers teaching teachers. During our Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) we follow a shared National Writing Project model that includes identifying and developing teacher leaders and educator leaders, providing support for educators in our local service area, and providing a professional home for educators’ continued learning. The leadership cadre of local teachers participants called “teacher consultants” focus on the following activites during the Invitational Summer Institute:
- writing and responding to a variety of genres
- developing and presenting successful writing lessons to use in their own classrooms
- study best practices and theories in the teaching of writing
- reading and responding to research on the teaching of writing
- produce professional development activities to present in area schools
- collect resources to share with local schools/districts.
The 2020 Invitational Summer Institute is scheduled for May 1 - 3, 2020 & June 1 - 18, 2020.
This workshop is held on the Troy University Troy campus, with the exception of the weekend retreat on the Troy University Dothan campus. All educators across the disciplines, K-16, are eligible to attend and may earn college credit (EDU 6672) or receive professional development (140) contact hours.
To receive additional information about this professional development opportunity complete the on-line interest form at: http://c1.livetext.com/misk5/formz/public/98275/mAirXNHzc7