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Georgia Southern Writing Project receives SEED grant

The Georgia Southern Writing Project, a member site of the National Writing Project, has been awarded the second of two Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grants of $10,000. SEED grants provide funding for grants to national non-profit organizations for projects that recruit, select, and prepare or provide professional enhancement activities for teachers, principals, or both.

Dr. Kathy Albertson, associate professor in the Department of Writing and Linguistics, wrote the grant on behalf the the Georgia Southern Writing Project. She, along with the GSWP, will use the grant to continue to provide new learning opportunities for at least 20 teacher leaders in the area during the 2015 GSWP Summer Institute.

Participants will create activities in their content areas that include writing and compare notes for applying either the common core standards for writing and language or the student learning outcomes for first-year writing courses at Georgia Southern. The GSWP Summer Institute will also include reflective writing, group response, and the creation of a specific writing activity aimed at each participant’s classroom. By the end of the one-week face-to-face portion, teachers will have submitted their planned assignment; the consultant who visits in the fall will observe/facilitate/support this work in the fall and spring, helping each teacher in the way he or she requests. These assignments will also be shared with area school principals as a way to sustain communication, awareness, and support for all parties.

For more information about the Georgia Southern Writing Project, please contact Director June Joyner or Kathy Albertson.

The Department of Writing and Linguistics is housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Georgia Southern’s College of the Creative Mind. CLASS prepares its students to achieve academic excellence, develop their analytical skills, enhance their creativity, and embrace their responsibilities as citizens of their communities, nations, and world.

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