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S outh C entral K ansas W riting P roject ( SCKWP ) is located at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas. This local site is one of 195 sites located at universities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands.
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South Central Kansas Writing Project (SCKWP) is located at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas. • This local site is one of 195 sites located at universities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands. • Each university site partners with local schools to improve teacher writing and the teaching of writing in order to improve student writing and learning, in general. • The umbrella organization that provides funding, direction, structure, management, and encouragement for all of the 195 sites is the NWP.
National Writing Project A tenet of the National Writing Project is that every child deserves a highly skilled teacher of writing. • The National Writing Project (NWP) is the premier effort to improve writing and the teaching of writing in America. • NWP builds the leadership, programs, and research needed for teachers to help their students become successful writers and learners. • Summer institutes, advanced seminars, writing marathons, young writers camps, and professional development are some of the services offered by local sites to accomplish these goals.
SCKWP Summer Institute • The summer institute sponsored by Wichita State University’s South Central Kansas Writing Project is an intense 18-day immersion into the production of personal writing expression, the study of writing development, and the acquisition of ideas for teaching writing, K-12. • Writing projects across all 195 sites conducted summer writing institutes to assist teachers in preparing for leadership roles by demonstrating their most effective practices studying research. • Participants improve their knowledge of writing by writing themselves. • Andover Public Schools hosted the SCKWP Summer Institute in 2006.
meet the instructors. . . Tonya Witherspoon Technology Liaison Jeff Roper Assistant Director Andover High School Dr. Dennis Kear Director Wichita State University
a typical day. . . • writing time • notes from the day before • writing prompt • teacher demonstration • reader/author chair • article summary • writing response groups • blog, wiki and e-anthology postings
writing time . . .participants may begin each day with a quiet time for writing logger notes . . . the logger shares notes from the day before writing prompt . . . participants present a variety of prompts for written response
teacher demonstration . . . strategies to teach writing, K-12 are demonstrated by participants reader’s chair . . . members share literature or their own work article summary . . . professional articles are shared and discussed
written response groups . . . time for collaboration on written work computer postings . . . time to read and post work on blogs, wikispaces and e-anthology
thoughts from SCKWP. . . • “You have all helped me find a voice again after many years…” • “I can now say, "I am a writer!“ • “I have realized that I am a writer!” • “...to my second family at SCKWP 2006 - Thank you all for your inspiration and love.” • “Thanks to the South Central Kansas Writing Project I have dedicated more time to writing. I now find myself resuming the journey.”
“. . .we came in as strangers, yet we leave with voices discovered. . . all of us sharing, all of us writing, all of us leaving as friends inspired to write!”
Teacher Consultants:Kayla Buckner, Spaght Elementary, Wichita Teralyn Cohn, Wichita High School Southeast Gerri Hilger, Buhler High School Shelly Hill, , El Dorado Sally Kimball, Belle Plain High School Judy Leftoff, Retired Kris Osthoff, Andover Middle School Sherry Silveous, Spaght Elementary, Wichita Nancy Sturm, Wichita High School Heights Director: Dr. Dennis Kear, Wichita State University Assistant Director: Jeff Roper, Andover High School Technology Liaison: Tonya Witherspoon, ESSDACK Fellows:Shelley Addis, Tanglewood Elementary, Derby Melanie Bitler, Circle High School, Towanda Joe Conner, Augusta High School Mary DeVries, Buhler High School Julie Johnson, Circle Middle School, Benton Holly Kimble, Buhler High School Bonnie Lane, Haysville Steve Maack, Wichita High School East Raylin Ledbetter, Circle High School, Towanda Shea McGuire, Franklin Elementary, Wichita Amy Morrow, Franklin Elementary, Wichita Amy Valentas, Martin Elementary, Andover 2 0 0 6