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May 2009

Release Date: May 12, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Writing Project Receives Continuation Grant

For the sixth straight year, Angelo State University’s Pearl of the Concho Writing Project has received a continuation grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the National Writing Project.

Dr. Marilyn Eisenwine, associate professor of teacher education, received the $46,000 grant which will help fund the project’s Summer Writing Institute for as many as 20 teachers in San Angelo and surrounding communities. Dr. Cheryl Hines received the original grant and directed the project for the first five years until Eisenwine assumed the director’s position this year.

The project’s goal is to improve the writing skills of elementary and secondary school students through continuing education and training for area teachers.

The Summer Writing Institute offers four weeks of professional development in writing and six hours of graduate credit to participants who complete an application and interview process. During institute sessions, teachers meet in small groups to work on their own writing. They also learn methods to increase their effectiveness and develop leadership skills through demonstrations.

After completing the institute, participants become teacher consultants for the National Writing Project. In that capacity, they make presentations at professional conferences, participate in study groups and attend writing retreats.

In-service training programs are conducted throughout the academic year and utilize multicultural approaches to teaching literacy. Complementary programs include the Young and Teen Writers’ Camps for elementary and middle school students and the Spring Literacy Conference for teachers and ASU education students.

The ASU project’s resource library, in Room 123 of the Carr Education and Fine Arts Building, contains current books, periodicals and curriculum materials focusing on literacy.

The Pearl of the Concho Writing Project is a non-profit organization funded by the Department of Education through the ASU Department of Teacher Education and is an authorized provider of professional development in accordance with the No Child Left Behind law.

For more information, go online to or call Eisenwine at 942-2052.

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