Texas A&M University-Commerce is partnering with the National Writing Project (NWP) to establish the National Writing Project of Northeast Texas.
A&M-Commerce will join a network of 170 NWP sites spanning all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Assistant Professor Carol Revelle, Ph.D., will serve as director of the site, which will be in the Sowers Education South building on campus. Assistant Professor Laura Slay, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor Kamshia Childs, Ed.D., will serve as co-directors, with Assistant Dean Juan Araujo, Ph.D., filling the role of administrative advisor.
The site will focus on a core mission to improve the teaching of writing and the use of writing across all disciplines. The site will offer professional development programs for local educators at all grade levels from kindergarten through college.
“The National Writing Project of Northeast Texas will provide professional development opportunities for in-service teachers in our local districts who want to learn more about effective practices for the teaching and learning of writing from early childhood through adulthood,” Araujo said. “We are excited to be accepted as a National Writing Project site and we're grateful to Dean Kimberly McLeod for her support of this initiative.”
He added: “We will be able to create master's level cohorts within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. We can also host professional development opportunities for A&M-Commerce students, faculty and staff who want to improve their writing proficiency.”