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Minnesota Writing Project

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 teacher Molly Vasich's partnership with TruArt Speaks was recently featured in Educational Innovator. Click here for the article.

Apply for the 2017 LRNG Innovators Challenge here.


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

click here for a full-screen version of the video

Showcasing MWP teachers

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.

Melissa Toft
Grade you teach:
Third
School: Jenny Lind Elementary
Summer Institute Writing:
N/A
Summer Institute Demonstration: Poetry in Three Parts (.pdf file)

Reflections on teaching:

How has the MWP experience impacted your teaching? Conversations with colleagues from across grade levels and the districts in the Metro has been wonderful! It's been nice to be provided the time and space to think about, discuss and practice my own writing. Our writing group was inspirational. It is amazing how fast we got to know each other on such an intimate level. Seeing what other teachers do in their classes via the demo lessons sparked lots of practical ideas I will bring into my class room this year.

What are your beliefs about writing? Writing is a way to express ourselves, discover ourselves and get to know the world.

image of bookWhat is a book on writing or the teaching of writing that you would recommend (and why)? Don't Forget to Write for the Elementary Grades: 50 Enthralling and Effective Writing Lessons (Ages 5 to 12). Engaging, outside-of-the-box, simple-to-complex activities to inspire writers!

 

 

 

link to past showcases page


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.

MWP

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.

Contact

Stephanie Rollag Yoon, Director
612.625.6323
sry@umn.edu

The Minnesota Writing Project is funded in part by the Center for Writing, the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, and the National Writing Project.


MWP is co-hosting the Scholastic Writing Awards Ceremony! 

Click here for details and for the list of award recipients!


Register for Saturday Sessions! 

Click here for step-by-step registration instructions. Questions? mwp@umn.edu


 

 

 


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