Wiregrass Writing Project seeks applicants for summer institutes

Posted: Friday, 06 February 2009

DOTHAN—Local teachers interested in learning more about literacy education are encouraged to apply to take part in Troy University’s Wiregrass Writing Project summer institutes.

The deadline for applications is March 23, and the program is open to any K-14 educators. The institutes will be held May 1-3 at Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula and June 15-July 18 at the Troy Campus.

The Wiregrass Writing Project, the local affiliate of the National Writing Project, aims to help teachers employ the most effective current approaches for teaching writing in their classrooms. Teachers who take part in the summer institutes will learn from other experienced teachers, said Dr. Robin Bynum, associate dean of the College of Education.

“What makes this summer institute so enjoyable is that teachers are learning from other teachers who are currently in the classroom,” Bynum said. “The element of sharing proven teaching strategies has an incredible impact on one’s teaching philosophy and methodology.”

Teachers who participate in the institutes will be able to deliver workshops to local schools and participate in Wiregrass Writing Project action research projects to improve student achievement.

Teachers can earn college credit by taking part in the institutes, or receive 140 continuing education units. Participants will receive a stipend of $1000, which can be used to pay for the course EDU 9972: The Wiregrass Writing Project, and other fees.

For more information about applying, contact Bynum at 334-983-6556 or via email at rbynum@troy.edurbynum@troy.edu.