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V.I. Writing Project Gears Up for 2010 Summer Institute

The Virgin Islands Writing Project (VIWP) seeks teachers for its eighth Summer Institute to be held on the University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses, June 21 to July 13. This will be the first time it is being held simultaneously on both campuses. The VIWP, a partnership between the UVI, the National Writing Project (NWP) and the V.I. Department of Education (VIDOE) gives teachers the opportunity to learn new strategies to improve their students’ writing skills, study the latest research and learn effective classroom practices. The project works with teachers to improve the quality of writing among teachers, as well as among students. The trained teachers, known as teacher consultants, will be prepared to conduct professional development in their schools, showing other faculty how to teach writing. During the past seven years, approximately 105 teachers in the territory have been trained to conduct professional development. The VIWP’s goal is to help all teachers, one Summer Institute at a time.

“The Virgin Islands Writing Project is of great value to the community at large, and I am proud to be a part of it. I could not have paid money at any university and received the quality of education I received throughout these past four weeks. I know that I am walking away from this institute a much sharper, more aware teacher than when I first arrived,” one teacher consultant wrote in an anonymous evaluation.
The institute will be followed by an Advanced Institute from July 14-16 where teacher consultants enhance their skills in various areas such as technology. The VIWP also conducts a Young Writers Camp for elementary and junior high students, which began in February and will continue until May 29 in both districts.
Dr. Valerie Combie, director of the VIWP and an associate professor of English on UVI’s St. Croix campus, looks forward to this year’s institutes. Dr. Trevor Parris, founding director of the VIWP, and an English professor on UVI’s St. Thomas campus, will facilitate the institute on St. Thomas. Co-directors Fenella Cooper and Sharon Charles will work with them to lead the institutes.
The VIWP was introduced to the Virgin Islands in 2001 by Parris and Co-Director Amy Roberts, an English teacher at Eudora Kean High School on St. Thomas.
For applications to the Summer Institute, or for more information about the VIWP, call or e-mail: Valerie Combie at 692-4126 or vcombie@uvi.edu; Sharon Charles at 778-5286 or sharonpcharles@hotmail.com; or Fenella Cooper at 514-6713 or fenellacooper@yahoo.com
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