Making the Grade: Kids get summer jump start on writing careers

H.M. Cauley, For the AJC 12:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015  This summer, elementary and…

Georgia (Jun 23, 2015)H.M. Cauley, For the AJC


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12:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015 

This summer, elementary and middle school students from around the metro area will be heading to college. In particular, they’re going to Kennesaw State University to be part of the Kennesaw Mountain National Writing Project’s youth academy.

This summer camp for aspiring writers and those who want to improve their written communication skills is offered by experienced language arts and English teachers who are part of the Writing Project initiative. Established in 1994, the Kennesaw site is one of 200 around the country that provides professional development for language arts and English teachers working in elementary and middle grades, as well as high school and college. Its annual June institute draws educators from around Atlanta who work on research and curriculum projects, as well as their own writing. This year, the summer institute expanded to offer special sessions to teachers in Cobb’s southwest school cluster.

“The institute is about teachers teaching teachers because they are the best generators of knowledge that works,” explained Jennifer Dail, the KMWP director. “And though there are also writing project sites at the University of Georgia and the University of West Georgia, we have the only one in the metro area.” …



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