The Minnesota Writing Project aims to improve K–college literacy in Minnesota. Housed within the Center for Writing at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, MWP is the local site of the National Writing Project, an authorized provider of No Child Left Behind.
MWP video: Teachers Celebrate MWP’s Invitational Summer Institute
From our first institute in 1991 to 2016, teachers share their experiences of participating. Enjoy this short video featuring several teachers identifying the impact the institute has had on their personal and professional lives.
Ann Thompson, Producer
Charlie McCarron, Videographer
Much of what we read in the local education section of the newspaper describes shifting tests scores or school closings. It is infrequent that we are offered a peek into the mind and heart of teachers. Our Teacher Showcase feature gives our recent ISI participants a chance to speak their mind about the teaching of writing and the need for quality professional development. Return often to read these profiles.
How has the MWP experience impacted your teaching? MWP has impacted my teaching in so many ways and at so many levels. I was blessed to have the opportunity to be among talented and dedicated teachers and educators. I was exposed to different styles of teaching and many different strategies and ideas for impacting students, empowering students, and reaching out to the diverse and multilingual backgrounds of our 21st century classrooms.
What are your beliefs about writing? My beliefs about writing have changed for the better. I feel more comfortable and deserving of writing my thoughts, fears, desires, and much more. The MWP encouraged sincerity and a space that all thoughts, beliefs, and connections were permissible in a safe and educative environment.
What is a book on writing or the teaching of writing that you would recommend (and why)? A book I recently read is by Carl Anderson called How's It Going? A Practical Guide to Conferring With Student Writers. One important aspect about the book I enjoyed was how the book encourages meeting the student at his or her level. It guides the educators towards the importance of using mentor texts as a teaching tool. Since I work with newcomer students, I see the benefit of such texts at various levels as a tool to assist the students' writing process. The book is practical and provides various ideas, strategies, mini lessons, and much much more.
Believing that teachers can empower other teachers, members provide an environment in which teachers can learn from one another and then share that learning with others in their classrooms, departments, schools, and districts. MWP is committed to improving the literacy of all students, strengthening university and school collaboration on reading and writing instruction, and increasing the professional power of teachers in meeting state standards and the curricular demands of NCLB.
Identifies exemplary teachers who can teach other teachers
Encourages teachers to write
Assists schools and districts in identifying their literacy needs and supports them in meeting those needs through pertinent staff development
Supports long-term reform and improvement in literacy instruction through classroom-based, action research
Maintains partnerships between schools and the University
Promotes cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity and understanding within MWP
For additional information, see About MWP.
Muriel Thompson, Director
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