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.
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 new Teacher Showcase feature will give 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.
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
Please join us in our 2014 Saturday Session Workshops: Teaching for Justice and Equity within the Common Core.
Three questions will guide the sessions in this series:
• January 25th, 2014: What is a social justice approach to teaching literacy?
• February 22nd, 2014: How do teachers incorporate themes of justice and equity into their subjects while meeting the CCSS?
• March 29th, 2014: How do teachers respond successfully to the challenges of incorporating a social justice approach to teaching?
For more information, go to our News & Events page.
Check out Candance Doerr-Stevens' profile on our Center for Writing alumni pages!