Teachers Teaching Teachers
The National Writing Project is the premier effort to improve writing in America. It began at the University of California at Berkeley in 1974 and now has over 200 sites around the country, including the Southern Maine Writing Project at the University of Southern Maine, now in its 9th year. The Writing Project fosters an interdisciplinary community and support system of teachers, administrators, and specialists from all grade levels and content areas, K‑University. More >
Teachers Write, Share Practice, and Collaborate in 2014 Invitational Summer/Fall Institute
by Brigid Smith-Franey
The summer portion of ISFI was a wonderful example of teachers coming together to create a professional learning community, that went beyond the professional to the personal. Resources were shared back and forth at a fast and furious rate, flooding the blog. The beautiful writing and courageous sharing during learning autobiographies brought tears and laughter. The words of fellow Jill Hewes are a testament to what teaching consultants know the ISFI can do: "Because of this class and the readings that I have done for it and for myself, my willingness to take writing risks...has increased. Although before taking the class I had read widely about writing...I still lacked the confidence to write the way I thought. This has now changed for me; I feel that my writing has a personality that it lacked before.
SMWP TC Published in Educational Leadership
Mary Bellavance, SMWP teacher-consultant and president of Maine ASCD, was published in Educational Leadership's summer 2014 issue. Read her article on Maine's movement toward proficiency-based learning: "Personalized Learning, Maine Style."
SMWP is one of the National Writing Projects of Maine
Young Writers Thrive in SMWP's Young Authors Camps
by Leah Siviske
What better way to spend a summer morning than sitting hunched over a composition notebook, thoughts whirling, pencil poised for brilliance? Dozens of school-aged kids in Southern Maine would say “Nothing’s better than that!” Those kids who attended SMWP’s Young Authors Camps spent many rich hours of summer exploring their imaginations and creativity with activities such as paint chip poetry, writing marathons, six-word memoirs, write around the room, and much, much more! Corinne Bevans, a rising seventh grader who attended the Yarmouth YAC, encapsulated her experience in this six-word memoir: “A marathon of inspiration to write.” Ahhhhhh...happy summer!