Writing project transforms teachers

Writing project transforms teachers Eighteen South Dakota teachers participated in the Dakota Writing Project's annual summer institute, which concluded July 1 at The University of South Dakota.

They spent three intense weeks learning from peer teachers in a challenging environment. The institute provided an introduction to fusing writing and technology, featuring such activities as publishing on the World Wide Web, extending the writing teacher community through an electronic mailing list and more.

USD hosted this institute, which was one of the 160 similar institutes across the country funded by the national writing project.

"Writing is an essential skill for all teachers � not just English teachers," said Nancy Zuercher, who facilitated the institute with fellow English instructor Michelle Gannon.

During this intensive three-week workshop, participants also incorporated technology into writing, shared unique lesson plans with other writers, and practiced writing strategies for getting ideas, revising and editing.

"The institute is more than a class, because the learning continues long after the workshop has ended. Teachers from the workshop become a network," said Zuercher

Participants in this summer's institute included Laurie Girard, Vermillion High School and Diane M. Reinke and Ann Haggerty, Vermillion Middle School.

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