National Writing Project Receives $11.3 Million Grant
In her role as Director of the Southern Nevada Writing Project Professor Marilyn McKinney's work and research connect her with 196 other writing project sites across the country through the National Writing Project (NWP). Recently, Dr. McKinney participated with NWP site leaders to review site reports and create an online resource of promising practices gleaned from the reports; upon her return she heard good news. The U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the award of nearly $24.6 million for three grants to improve student achievement by increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals. Funded under the Supporting Effective Educators Development (SEED) program was the National Writing Project. Based in Berkeley, Calif., the NWP will use its $11.3 million grant to train 3,000 K-12 teacher-leaders in the teaching of writing, who will then conduct professional development for teachers in local schools and districts in all 50 states. They are expected to reach some 12,000 students during the 2012-13 school year. The training will be conducted at intensive summer institutes for teachers on university campuses as well as through online programs. Another focus of the National Writing Project grant is to provide at least 30 hours of professional development in writing instruction throughout the school year for teachers serving high-need students in 100 schools and districts across the country. Though the SNWP is not a direct recipient of the funding, Dr. McKinney's team will benefit from this national award.