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Long-time Director Passes the Torch at Indiana University Southeast Writing Project's Summer Institute

Publication: IU Southeast Now
Date: June 29, 2016

Summary: After 14 years of transforming writing instruction in schools around the region, Dr. Kevin Sue Bailey, founding director of the Indiana University Southeast Writing Project, is stepping down, passing the torch to her colleague Dr. Mary Ann Parker.

 

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Under Bailey's leadership, the IUSWP has flourished, offering 14 summer institutes, 12 advanced institutes and 12 writing conferences. More than 200 teachers from 15 counties in the region have participated in the conferences, with many joining the summer institute and returning to serve as interns or attend the advanced institute as well.[...]

According to statistics compiled by IUSWP veteran/intern and Fulbright recipient Jazmin Trejo Oliver, local students in classes taught by teachers who have taken part in the IUSWP classes scored 12 percent higher on the Language Arts ISTEP test than their peers in classes taught by teachers who did not attend. Moreover, the top-scoring IUSWP teacher's class scored 26 percent higher than the lowest-scoring class not taught by an IUSWP participant.

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