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Training starting for writers workshop

Jun 17, 2012 - Staff

Wyoming Writing Workshop, a train-the-trainer professional development in collaboration with the University of Wyoming's Wyo-ming Writing Project, kicks off June 18-22 at Central Wyoming College in Riverton.

"This is a first-time collaboration with UW and we are really excited about not only working together but continuing to spread the crucial word in our state about how to improve student writing," said Sheryl Lain, a former Rivertonite and current Wyoming Department of Educational instructional leader.

The Wyoming Writing Project is affiliated with the National Writing Project, funded over the past two decades by Congress and designed to grow teachers of writing through professional development with other writing teachers.

It is a national research-based model with documented success in developing students in not only writing but also reading.

The train-the-trainer event is a complete immersion into the reading and writing processes and lasts a week.

Teachers will learn by doing -- they will write, revise and publish within a supportive community of fellow teachers, and they will read and discuss together, emulating the best practices proven to be successful in balanced literacy classrooms.

Included in the training is an open microphone session on Wednesday evening, June 20, at Sinks Canyon near Lander, when local writers will read their work and share in a conversation with the teachers about their own writing processes. Carol Deering of Riverton will lead the reading group.

Following the week of training, teacher consultants will head out to all parts of Wyoming to offer a similar one-week workshop to all teachers. These are open enrollment and teachers can attend by emailing marina-barela@wyo.gov or call Lain at (307) 631-0637.

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