Writing America Featured at Conference

Writing America‚ a new book written by teachers affiliated with the Kennesaw Mountain Writing…

Georgia (Jan 1, 2000) — Writing America Featured at Conference

Stacie Janecki

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Contact: Stacie Janecki‚ 770−499−3654

Writing America‚ a new book written by teachers affiliated with the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project‚ was featured at the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Writing Project Conferences in Indianapolis in November.

Co−editors‚ Mimi Dyer and Sarah Robbins‚ along with contributors Peggy Corbett‚ Dave Winter‚ Linda Stewart‚ and Bonnie Webb‚ presented a workshop on Nov. 19 highlighting their experiences with student inquiry research and describing the publication process for the book.

Emanating from the Keeping and Creating American Communities project‚ a multi−year curriculum development program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities‚ this book outlines examples of kindergarten through university−level “classroom−based community studies projects that showcase teachers’ reflective practice in action‚ models for professional growth‚ and collaborative staff development programs.” Writing America features model projects demonstrating methods of research and writing that are not only engaging but also challenging for students‚ as well as demonstrations for building connections between the classroom and the wider community.

In the Foreword‚ Paul Lauter writes‚ “These essays provide models for teachers‚ students‚ and others interested in education and community‚ as distinct from test scores and political sound bites.”

Sarah Robbins is the director of the Keeping and Creating American Communities program and author of Managing Literacy‚ Mothering America. Mimi Dyer is co−director of Keeping and Creating American Communities and coordinator of the Advanced Mathematics‚ Science‚ and Technology Academy at Kennesaw Mountain High School.

The book‚ co−published by the National Writing Project and the Teachers College Press‚ is available from Teachers College Press‚ as well as Amazon.com and can be ordered online at www.tcpress.com or www.amazon.com for $21.95.

The Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project has been a National Writing Project site since 1994. For more information email kmwp@kennesaw.edu.

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