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College Ready Writers Program

In our media-rich world, sorting through the opinions and facts and developing one’s own perspective based on analysis of accurate information is challenging, yet essential. For young people planning on attending college, this set of skills is even more critical for academic success. As English teachers, preparing our students to be prepared for these academic literacy practices is a challenge! If you are looking to hone your teaching of argumentative writing in a meaningful professional learning community of other West Virginia teachers, then the College Ready Writers Program is for you! The College Ready Writers Program (CRWP) is a year-long professional development opportunity, developed by the National Writing Project, that focuses on the teaching of argumentative writing.  

The CRWP will provide you with materials and resources to introduce and develop your students’ source-based argumentative writing skills, opportunities to try these materials out at least four times with your students, support in analyzing student work produced during the instructional cycles, and an on-going online professional learning community of other West Virginian English teachers. All of the professional development will be facilitated by former high school English teachers who now prepare new English teachers at WVU.

Apply to Participate!

Ideal Applicants 

Middle and high school English teachers in Nicholas, Fayette, Raleigh, Wyoming, Summers, Greenbrier, Mercer and Monroe counties.

Timeline

  • Applications Due: May 8th
  • Participants Announced: May 15th
  • Orientation Workshop: Saturday, June 17th. 9am - 1pm. Location: TBA
  • Three-day Intensive Workshop: Tuesday - Thursday July 18-20. 9am - 4pm Location: TBA
  • Optional Writers Workshop Friday, July 21st
  • Monthly online chats with a small group and a facilitator.
  • Student Work Analysis Group Call: Saturday, Oct. 7th. 9-3 (TBD). Location: Google Hangouts
  • Student Work Analysis Group Call: Saturday, March TBD
  • Celebration of Success Workshop, Saturday, May 2018

Expectations

  • Teachers will design and implement four cycles of argumentative writing (resources provided)
  • Teachers will analyze student work at least two times using the CRWP protocol
  • Teachers will engage in a professional learning community and all the CRWP events

Resources for Teachers

  • Stipend for participation: $750
    • $500 for participation in the summer workshops
    • $100 for participation in the fall PD
    • $150 for participation in the spring PD  
  • Books on argumentative writing
  • Access to and professional development on the full CRWP resource website. 
    • The CRWP website was developed by middle and high school ELA teachers around the country. It includes text sets representing multiple perspectives on contemporary issues, graphic organizers to support students’ analysis of texts, and much more.