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Tennessee Tech University’s Upper Cumberland Writing Project has been awarded a supporting effective educator development grant from the National Writing Project and the U.S. Department of Education.

Spread over a two-year period, the $20,000 grant will be used to develop leadership skills in teachers and implement effective writing instruction in Upper Cumberland schools. The National Writing Project’s mission focuses the knowledge, expertise and leadership of the nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning.

“We’re very excited to use this grant to re-launch the Upper Cumberland Writing Project, after a hiatus since 2012,” said Tony Baker, professor of English at TTU and the project’s director.

Founded in 2008, Tennessee Tech’s UCWP is one of nearly 200 National Writing Project sites and the newest of Tennessee’s three sites. Anchored at colleges and universities, National Writing Project sites serve teachers across disciplines and grade levels to support informed, effective writing instruction.

“Over the summer, we’ll recruit teachers who are committed to writing instruction, and we’ll convene Saturday workshops in the fall and spring to plan and implement activities in their schools and districts, possibly including mini-conferences, student workshops, writing groups and professional development opportunities,” said Baker.

Jane Baker, associate professor of education at Tennessee Tech, and Martha Ramsey, teacher at Sycamore Elementary School, will serve as UCWP co-directors. For more information about the National Writing Project, visit http://www.nwp.org

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