Shenandoah Valley Writing Project Awarded Second Grant
26 March 2017 News
The Shenandoah Valley Writing Project (SVWP) at Shenandoah University has been awarded a $15,000 federal Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) leadership grant, which will support the Invitational Leadership Institute which has been held annually at Shenandoah University since 2015.
This is the second federal grant awarded to the SVWP in 2017 to expand the work of the teacher network. The first $20,000 grant will provide support to SVWP teacher consultants in studying and using the College Ready Writing Program (CRWP). Following the year of study, these teacher consultants will work with non-network teachers in implementing the instructional practices.
Each summer, the SVWP holds a four-week, Invitational Summer Institute for exemplary teachers from throughout the area. Those who attend this writing institute span all content areas, and through the learning process, they become teacher consultants. To date, nearly 130 teachers have been a part of Invitational Summer Institutes in the Shenandoah Valley. These teachers are encouraged to return to their home schools and share best practices. SVWP teacher consultants are in seven of the 14 districts the SVWP site serves.
The shared lessons employ strong literary practices – with an emphasis on writing – and help to deepen and cement student learning in any content area. Additionally, the participants work on their own writing throughout the institute.
This most recent grant will support 12 or more kindergarten to university-level teacher-leaders from diverse educational settings (including high-need schools), who are new to the Writing Project community. The goal of this funding is to equip teachers to lead at their schools and districts and as active participants in an educational landscape of new standards and technological innovation.
The grant will focus, in part, on supporting teachers from nearby West Virginia in their bid to improve writing instruction and the use of writing to learn. The aim is to expand the reach of the SVWP into neighboring districts. As is usual, the Invitational Summer Institute is open to applicants from kindergarten through the university levels in any content area. A focus of the Invitational Summer Institute is on improving teacher writing and instruction while examining the role of writing as a tool for learning.
Interested educators can find out more about the program and how to apply for the Invitational Summer Institute at https://shenandoahwritingproject.org/.