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National Writing Project Summer Institute Brings Educators to Edison, Ford Estates for Technology Component
6/15/2004

FORT MYERS, FL - Participants in the National Writing Project Summer Institute at Florida Gulf Coast University visit the Edison-Ford Winter Estates June 22 to field test a Web quest for the Edison & Ford Web site that teachers can use to engage their students in research over the Internet connected to the achievements of Edison and Ford.

Participation in the five-week Summer Institute is by invitation only. The group of writing teachers from all levels and disciplines demonstrate their best practices and share classroom strategies for teaching writing.

The Summer Institute helps broaden teachers' knowledge through examination of writing theory and research, in addition to giving teachers an opportunity to commit themselves to the writing process by practicing writing and using peer review so that they can effectively teach the concept to other teachers. Participants gain three hours of graduate credit.

Co-directors of the project, FGCU professors Patricia Wachholz and Lois Christensen, stress the importance of the program as a means of having teachers swap ideas and interests in efforts to excite their own students about learning.

"This is really important work that teachers are doing on our campus so they can become better teachers of writing and teaching leaders within their own school communities. Too many people think that teachers spend all their summer vacationing. We can tell you that these teachers are working very hard to be the best they can be for their students, their colleagues, and their schools."

The FGCU National Writing Project is a grant-funded partnership and cooperative effort between FGCU and the area schools of Southwest Florida. It is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a collaborative university-school staff development program to improve student
writing achievement by improving the teaching and learning of writing in the nation's schools.

For more information, contact Wachholz at (239) 590-7808 or visit the National Writing Project at FGCU Web site at .

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