Friday, January 16, 2014

Educators Participate in Greater New Orleans Writing Project Task Jam at UNO

Educators aiming to learn more about creating effective writing assignments will visit the University of New Orleans this weekend for a workshop led by the Greater New Orleans Writing Project. The free workshop on Saturday is part of a National Writing Project effort and is supported by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

"It's clear that global citizens need to be able to write effectively, and teachers play a critical role in making that happen," says Sarah DeBacher, director of the Greater New Orleans Writing Project. "How we teach is as important as what we teach. The Assignments Matter Task Jam will shine a light on how to create effective writing tasks for students, thereby increasing student success."

Write On!

The Greater New Orleans Writing Project will host a FREE workshop for educators on creating effective writing assignments. The workshop will be help in room 407 of the Earl K. Long Library on the UNO campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 24.

The Assignments Matter Task Jam is FREE, as is lunch, but registration is limited to 40 educators.

Visit www.gnowp.org for more information.

Now in its 35th year as a site of the National Writing Project, the Greater New Orleans Writing Project has been housed in the English Department of the University of New Orleans since 1978. Since then, GNOWP’s goal has been to improve writing and the teaching of writing in the New Orleans region through teacher-centered professional development and in-service workshops. The National Writing Project has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as “the best large-scale effort to improve composition instruction now in operation in this country.

On Saturday, approximately 40 educators from the Greater New Orleans area will come to the UNO campus to participate in the national Assignments Matter Task Jam.

"Why participate in this national Task Jam?" DeBacher says in a statement. “Because we know that the quality of assigned writing tasks impacts students' capacity to achieve; because we know that creating high quality writing assignments is complex, intellectually challenging work; and because we know that engaging in important, high quality work is better and more fun when we do it with others!” 

Research consistently demonstrates that NWP sites like the Greater New Orleans Writing Project have a significant positive impact on both teacher excellence and student achievement. In fact, a 2010 research brief proved that students in classrooms taught by Writing Project teacher consultants gained more often than their peers in their writing–including significant gains in writing conventions, development of ideas, organization, and stance. Research also proved using  holistic scoring measures that, in every case, the improvement of students taught by Writing Project teachers outpaced that of students in comparison groups.

Since 1990, GNOWP teacher consultants have planned and coordinated workshops that have reached over 1500 teachers. The GNOWP holds among its tenets that writing is as fundamental to learning in science, mathematics, and history as it is to learning in English and the language arts.

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