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UWP has completed a three-year million dollar grant designed to increase rural South Carolina students’ writing achievements and college and career readiness. UWP is working with six school districts -- Florence 2, Greenwood 51, Union, Anderson 3, Bamberg 2 and Orangeburg 4 -- as part of the National Writing Project College Ready Writers Program (CRWP), funded by the US Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation grant program. UWP was the only writing project in the Southeast selected to participate.
Through the College Ready Writers Program, UWP has offered institutes, classroom demonstrations, and a study of effective practices in academic writing instruction with a particular focus on writing and reading arguments. The grant focuses on ELA classrooms in grades 7-10 in Florence 2, Greenwood 51 and Union districts, with intensive professional development and coaching in the schools. Anderson 3, Bamberg 2 and Orangeburg 4 districts are serving as control districts for the first two years of the study so that researchers can evaluate the effectiveness of the professional development efforts. The three control districts will receive professional development from UWP during the 2015-2016 school year.
In September 2014, teachers from Florence 2, Greenwood 51, and Union districts met together for the first time in Greenville at the University Center for a conference with literacy expert Jeff Wilhelm. Teachers connected with one another, learned best practices in the teaching of writing, and planned for the current school year.
The Upstate Writing Project hosted Congressman Jeff Duncan and staff from the National Writing Project on a visit to schools participating in their College-Ready Writers Program. Read more.