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Site Director Laurie Stowell Reflects on 15 Years with the San Marcos Writing Project

Publication: CSU San Marcos News
Date: July 26, 2016

Summary: Laurie Stowell, director of the San Marcos Writing Project, has been bringing transformative professional development and much more to the region's teachers and schools for over 15 years.


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'When I became a director they described it to me as a house,' she said. 'In the living room is your summer institute, but you keep building out so you have these different rooms doing different things. A lot of people think it's just the summer institute, but it's really how you're developing teacher leadership and serving your area schools.'

The San Marcos Writing Project serves as a resource for K-12 teachers and school districts in the region. There are workshops throughout the year and a variety of Young Writers camps for students during the summer. The centerpiece is the five-week summer institute that uses a 'teachers teaching teachers' model to provide professional development opportunities.

'We're all learning from each other,' Stowell said. 'It's developing teacher leadership. It's not me offering a class, which is why I love to do it because I get ideas every summer. It's not just me delivering, it's the synergy of who shows up that summer.'"

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