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Genesee Valley Writing Project
Director/PI: Joanne Larson

A collaborative school-university partnership dedicated to improving the quality of student writing and learning in PK-16 schools across the Genesee Valley region through teacher-centered professional development. The Genesee Valley Writing Project (GVWP) is a local site affiliate of the National Writing Project, a federally funded professional development program with nearly 200 sites across the country. The Summer Institute is the heart of the Genesee Valley Writing Project.

Collaborators: Writers & Books
National Writing Project
NEAD Freedom School

Funding: National Writing Project

Related Projects: Genesee Valley Writing Project Summer Institute

Sponsored by and housed within the Warner School and administered through the Warner Center for Professional Development and Education Reform, the Genesee Valley Writing Project is directed by Joanne Larson, a leading scholar in new literacies. The project serves teachers and students from urban and suburban schools in Monroe and surrounding counties.

Using a teachers-teaching-teachers model, the GVWP allows participating teachers to tap into what is known about writing and the teaching of writing from all sources—key research findings, important books and articles, and most importantly, the classroom practices of effective and successful teachers.

In its mission to improving the quality of student writing and learning in area schools, the GVWP sponsors an array of programs including an annual invitational Summer Institute, school-based inservice programs, and professional development continuity programs.

The Summer Institute, the heart of the GVWP, allows participating teachers to study classroom strategies for teaching writing, read and discuss research, and improve their knowledge of writing by writing themselves. Up to 20 outstanding local teachers of writing, representing all grade levels from kindergarten through university and all subject areas, are selected to participate as Writing Project Fellows in this four-week intensive program. The program features collaborative writing groups, teacher demonstration workshops, reading research groups, and presentations that draw from local and national literacy expertise.

The community of teacher leaders formed during the Summer Institute becomes the foundation for the continuing work of the GVWP. Writing Project Fellows are encouraged to remain involved with our local and national Writing Project network and are supported in developing community outreach programs, school-based inservice workshops, collaborative partnerships, and teacher study groups to support the goals of the National Writing Project in the Greater Rochester community.

Find out more information on the Summer Institute online, or contact Joanne Larson at (585) 275-0900 or jlarson@warner.rochester.edu.

Video Chronicles the Genesee Valley Writing Project

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Tags: Center for Professional Development and Education Reform, Genesee Valley Writing Project, Joanne Larson, Summer Institute