Genesee Valley Writing Project Gets New Director


Ruthanne Vitagliano, Ph.D., has been appointed to serve as the next director of the Genesee Valley Writing Project. As director of the local writing project effort, Vitagliano will lead the 2nd Annual Genesee Valley Writing Project Summer Institute and all follow-up school year programs focused on improving the quality of student writing and learning in K-16 schools across the Genesee Valley region.

A full-time assistant professor in the Warner School’s educational leadership program, Vitagliano understands the challenges of a struggling writer. Her doctoral research focused on specific cognitive strategies to assist struggling writers in the high school setting. Vitagliano has worked with numerous students and teachers across grade levels and content areas, teaching them how to become better writers.

Vitagliano brings extensive experience in teaching in and leading a K-12 school district. Prior to joining the Warner School, she was a high school English teacher in Warsaw, N.Y. for twenty-six years, and later assumed leadership roles as a curriculum specialist and then a high school principal. She earned her doctorate in English Education from the University of Buffalo in 2001.

Sponsored by and housed within the Warner School, the Genesee Valley Writing Project is a collaborative school-university partnership that is dedicated to improving student achievement and learning by improving the teaching of writing in area schools. The Genesee Valley Writing Project is one of the newest sites to join the National Writing Project, a nationwide network of nearly 200 project sites reaching more than 137,000 educators last year, working together to advance writing and learning in America's schools

The four-week Summer Institute, the heart of the Genesee Valley Writing Project, will be held on the University of Rochester campus from July 7 to August 1, 2008. Warner graduate students Mary Rita Maier, co-director of the Genesee Valley Writing Project and an elementary teacher in the Greece Central School District, and David Miller, the new technology consultant, will assist Vitagliano in leading the 2008 Summer Institute.

The 18 new 2008 Genesee Valley Writing Project Fellows come from area urban, suburban, and rural schools and from three area colleges. The Summer Institute is just the beginning of continuous professional development for the 2008 Genesee Valley Writing Project Fellows.


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