WMU News

Teaching writing is focus of summer institute

April 13, 1999

KALAMAZOO-- In today's educational environment of new reform initiatives, MEAP tests and standards, improving the teaching of writing to students at all levels is paramount and is the focus of the sixth annual Invitational Summer Institute for Teachers at Western Michigan University June 28 - July 21.

Part of WMU's Third Coast Writing Project, the three-week institute provides a chance for educators at all levels from kindergarten to university to examine their teaching practices in a non-threatening environment while learning new classroom strategies. The institute will feature a variety of presenters, including authors and veteran classroom teachers, as well as discussion and teaching demonstrations.

Participants must apply for admission to the institute. The deadline to apply is May 1 and interviews to choose attendees will take place in early May. Twenty individuals will be selected as TCWP "fellows" to attend the institute.

Cost for the institute is $300 and TCWP fellows can earn four to six hours of graduate credit. Attendees receive parking privileges and access to the University libraries and computer resources. Convenient, moderately-priced university housing is also available.

The Third Coast Writing Project, which began at WMU in 1994 as a part of the National Writing Project, is for teachers who use writing at all grade levels and in all disciplines and is dedicated to improving the teaching and uses of writing through a variety of programs.

For more information and application materials call Dr. Ellen H. Brinkley, TCWP director, at (616) 387-2581, or visit the project's web site at <http://www.wmich.edu/thirdcoastwp/>.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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