Western Kentucky University

What Is the WKU Writing Project?

The Western Kentucky University Writing Project

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WHAT IS IT?

The WKU Writing Project is a member of a nationwide program called the National Writing Project which works to:

  • improve student writing abilities by improving the teaching and learning of writing in the nation's schools,
  • provide professional development programs for classroom teachers, and
  • expand the professional roles of teachers.

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 WHAT DOES IT DO?

The WKU Writing Project operates on a teachers-teaching-teachers model. Successful writing teachers from all content areas and grade levels attend our invitational Summer Institute in June. During the following school year, these teachers provide workshops for others in the schools. In addition, the Project's Outreach Program is prepared to work with individual schools or districts as needed.


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WHY IS IT NEEDED?

The NWP believes that literacy is at the foundation of school and workplace success, of citizenship in a democracy, and of learning in all disciplines. In addition, modern technology has increased the need for students to write and think clearly and coherently. The National Writing Project focuses on the teaching of writing for practicing teachers while providing a model for ongoing professional development that builds independent local programs.

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 Last Modified 7/19/13