Professional Development Programs and Open Institute Projects
Project WRITE, initiated in 2007 with an MDE Title II Grant, with a cohort included forty teachers, focused on improving adolescent literacy through the use of best practices and with a special emphasis on adapting those practices to current technology. Participating teachers met monthly through the 2007 -2008 school year. Partners included the Lansing Schools, the Flint Schools, the Shiawassee RESD, the Clinton County RESA, the Ingham County ISD, and the Genesee County ISD.
A second iteration of Project WRITE included teachers from Flint Carman-Ainsworth, Fenton, Flushing, and Powers High Schools. The 29 teachers med in two summer institutes and 5 days across the 2013-14 school year. Once again, the focus was on improving student literacy, not only through a focus on best-practice and the meaningful integration of technology, but also through teachers involvement in NWP-facilitated scoring workshops in which they scored their own students' work before and after their participation in the project. The project was facilitated by Dr. Janet Swenson, Dawn Reed (Okemos High School), and Dr. Samantha Caughlan.Project WRITE III began in May 2014 and continues to September 30, 2015. The 42 project participants include teachers from Flint Carman-Ainsworth Middle and High Schools, Owosso Middle and High Schools, Lincoln Alternative High School (Owosso) and Powers High School. Building on the success of PW-II, teachers participate in scoring institutes at the beginning and end of the project, focusing on what teachers can learn from a close study of their students' writing. Teachers also focus their study on recent research, theories and policies related to the teaching and practices of writing. PW-III is facilitated by Dr. Janet Swenson, Dawn Reed, Dr. Mary Juzwik, Dr. Carlin Borsheim, and Lucia Elden.