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Ohio Writing Project celebrates 35 years serving K-12 educators

written by Rianne VanDervoort, CAS communication intern

Miami University’s Ohio Writing Project celebrates the 35th anniversary of teaching K-12 educators how to teach writing with a special lecture June 27. Its annual four-week workshop begins June 16 with slots still available.

As one of the oldest of the 197 sites of the National Writing Project, Miami’s site provides professional development as well as academic credit for teachers of writing throughout the region.

“We’ve offered workshops to over 100,000 K-12 teachers throughout southwestern Ohio since 1980,” said Helane Androne, interim director.  “Our 35th anniversary workshop constructively and purposefully commemorates this amazing project.”

The Teaching of Writing workshop gives teachers the opportunity to study contemporary pedagogical approaches, all while receiving prerequisite credit toward their master’s of arts in teaching. The workshop is accepting as many as 30 teachers from around Ohio and serves as the prerequisite for Miami’s master’s program.

“Our mantra is ‘the best teacher of a teacher is another teacher,’” said Androne. “The Teaching of Writing workshop is perfect for teachers who want to collaborate with their peers to come away with immediately applicable, best practices for their classrooms. It capitalizes on what wonderful teachers from all over the region know about teaching, providing them a supportive, interactive environment to renew their passion for teaching writing.”

During the workshop, teachers engage in interactive presentations, create models for their students and work toward their own professional goals as they consider state standards and their implementation into their own classrooms.

In observance of the 35th anniversary, Jeff Wilhelm, Boise State University professor of English education and author of numerous literacy education books, will provide the keynote presentation, “Reading Unbound” at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 27, in Bachelor Hall. The event is open to the public.

Other workshops are also available on Miami’s campus, online and at other sites June 9-July 25. A youth writing camp for fifth- through eighth-grade students is scheduled to be held July 14-18.

Workshop participants can also apply to Miami’s Graduate School to enter the master’s program, administered through the department of English. Special scholarships are available, including the TEAM Scholarship, which provides a 50 percent workshop tuition and fee reduction for all Ohio-licensed K-12 educators residing in Ohio and employed full time in an Ohio K-12 school or district office.

For more information about the Ohio Writing Project at Miami University, visit www.miamioh.edu/owp or call 513-529-5245.

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  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

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    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
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    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

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    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
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  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

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    7847 VOA Park Dr.
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    West Chester, OH 45069
     
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  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

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     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042
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    Hamilton

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    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

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    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
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    Oxford

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    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

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    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

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