UNC Charlotte Writing Project offers customizable professional development in K-12 schools. Partnerships can take the form of workshops, two-week intensive summer institutes, or visits during PLC meetings. Click here for more information, or email email@example.com.
Students in rising grades 2-4 and 5-8 are invited to Young Writers Camp. This summer the Writing Project will feature two distinct camps: Making a Mark and #advocate. Young Writers Camps meet Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm.
Making a Mark will take place June 24-28 in Area 49, located in the main campus library. The goal of this camp is for students to understand similarities between writing on paper and tinkering in a makerspace. Both activites require deep thinking, brainstorming, revising, editing, and public display of finished work. Students will be exposed to laser cutting, 3D printing, circuitry, fibre arts, and low-tech making. At the end of the week, campers will display their writing in the makerspace and present a Maker Faire.
#advocate will take place July 22-26 at the Center City Campus. The purpose of this camp is to work with students to develop what issues are important to them, and how to use their voices to improve their community and the world. Students will take field trips to nearby museums and parks. At the end of the week, students will display their writing and share their concerns out loud in an open mic format.
Our site is a member of the network of National Writing Project sites. The core principals of NWP are:
- Teachers at every level—from kindergarten through college—are the agents of reform; universities and schools are ideal partners for investing in that reform through professional development.
- Writing can and should be taught, not just assigned, at every grade level. Professional development programs should provide opportunities for teachers to work together to understand the full spectrum of writing development across grades and across subject areas.
- Knowledge about the teaching of writing comes from many sources: theory and research, the analysis of practice, and the experience of writing. Effective professional development programs provide frequent and ongoing opportunities for teachers to write and to examine theory, research, and practice together systematically.
- There is no single right approach to teaching writing; however, some practices prove to be more effective than others. A reflective and informed community of practice is in the best position to design and develop comprehensive writing programs.
- Teachers who are well informed and effective in their practice can be successful teachers of other teachers as well as partners in educational research, development, and implementation. Collectively, teacher-leaders are our greatest resource for educational reform.