WVDE Sponsors Inaugural Writing Institute

June 27, 2006

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – About 150 West Virginia teachers are “writing to learn” this week in Charleston during the state’s first Writing Institute.  

Writing Institute

The three-day professional development event is for teachers of second graders through high school seniors. It began Monday, June 26, 2006, at Embassy Suites in Charleston and runs through Wednesday, June 28, 2006. Writing Institute  

The idea is to train educators on research-proven techniques for teaching writing so that they can take those practices back to their county schools and share them with other teachers.  

“We know that when children are writing they are engaged in active learning,” said Terry Reale, West Virginia Department of Education English/language arts coordinator. “We also know that teachers often learn best from other teachers. This event gives our teachers the tools they need to improve how they teach writing in the classroom.” The Institute is being conducted by Staff Development for Educators of Peterborough, N.H. Speakers include writing specialists Mary Burke, Judy Gould and Morgan Jackson. For more information about the Institute, contact Terry Reale at (304) 558-7805.

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