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Teachers from National Writing Project Summer Institute Visit Edison, Ford Winter Estates Friday

FORT MYERS, FL - A group of 50 participants and directors from the National Writing Project’s Summer Institute at Florida Gulf Coast University, including three teachers from Saxony, Germany, will visit the Edison and Ford Winter Estates Friday, June 27 for a day of study and writing.

     A technology component added this year to the project is making it possible for participants to design a “WebQuest” for the Edison and Ford Web site ().

     A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners comes from resources on the Internet. The teachers involved in creating the WebQuest will use it to engage their students in research over the Internet connected to the achievements of Edison and Ford.

     Friday, participants will also ride the Edison electric launch, tour the gardens, laboratory and historical homes, and hold a picnic by the riverside with living history characters.

     The Summer Institute, which is by invitation only and limited to 20 participants, helps broaden teachers’ foundation for their teaching 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.

     The FGCU National Writing Project, located in the College of Education, 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 the teaching and learning of writing in the nation’s classrooms.

     The National Writing Project’s mission is to “improve the teaching of writing and improve learning in the nation’s schools. Through its professional development model, the National Writing Project recognizes the primary importance of teacher knowledge, expertise, and leadership.”

     For more information, contact associate professor of Educational Studies Patricia Wachholz at (239) 590-7808, , or visit the FGCU National Writing Project website at .

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