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Aiken Writing Project to Host Summer Institute

Publication: Aiken Standard
Date: May 29, 2012

Summary: The Aiken Writing Project (South Carolina) has opened registration for its annual Summer Institute. This year's institute will help teachers explore new strategies for teaching writing in the classroom and meeting the Common Core State Standards.

 

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During the 2012 session, the program will collaborate with the Ruth Patrick Science and Math Center for Teaching Excellence. The institute participants will design "Traveling Integrated Literary Trunks" that meet new Common Core state academic standards.

After participating in the 2011 Summer Institute, "I learned so much about myself as a writer and as a teacher of writing," Midland Valley English teacher Leslie Gunter said via email. "From this experience, I carried new strategies back to the my classroom. My students have grown in their writing abilities."

Her experience last year has allowed Gunter to become a resource for other teachers. That's a big part of the Summer Institute mission, Rhodes said. The teachers at the institute share best practices and ideas and then can take them back to their home schools.

The Aiken Writing Project provided Ridge Spring-Monetta High teacher Kayla Hyatt with an opportunity to experience writing strategies for different disciplines.

"I also used numerous writing assignments I learned from [the Aiken Writing Project] with my first creative writing class," Hyatt said. "This workshop was a very positive and exciting experience I would recommend for all educators."

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