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Eastern Michigan Writing Project Awarded Grant to Implement an Online Book Club for Teachers

Publication: Eastern Michigan University Communications
Date: April 29, 2013

Summary: The Eastern Michigan Writing Project (EMWP) plans to use a $12,000 grant to develop an online learning course based on the book, Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone: Helping Students Navigate Unfamiliar Genres, by NWP teacher-consultants Cathy Fleischer and Sarah Andrew-Vaughan.


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Fleischer, a professor of English at Eastern, and Andrew-Vaughan, an English teacher at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., wrote the book when they realized they both had students who were not as successful when writing in genres they were not familiar with.

"We hope the online experience will introduce teachers to the concepts in the book and give them the tools to show their students the various different processes of writing for different genres," says Fleischer.

Fleischer and Andrew-Vaughan joined together to develop their ideas and create the book while co-teaching in a high school classroom. The experience gave them the confidence they needed to develop a book that could be used in a variety of capacities with educators across the country.

"Through this grant, we can share our knowledge of what we've learned through our partnership with other teachers around the country," says Andrew-Vaughan."

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