The Morehead Writing Project will bring together an outstanding array of professional development offerings for the 2014 Writing Eastern Kentucky Conference to be held 9-4 Saturday, Nov. 8, on the campus of Morehead State University. Presenters will include nationally recognized Teacher of Excellence Brandie Trent and well-known educational bloggers Liz Prather and Deanna Mascle. Additional educators will bring sessions fresh from the outstanding Kentucky Writing Project Conference.
Sessions will cover important topics such as on-demand writing, writing program review, data-driven instruction, and college and career readiness. As NWP trained teachers, these Kentucky educators will provide tips and strategies proven to work in our classrooms as well as meeting the demands of our state curriculum and mandates.
National Writing Project professional development is among the most powerful and effective available today. National studies have shown that the students of NWP teachers outperform the students of non-NWP teachers on tests and are more competent and confident writers in general. These studies demonstrate that professional development programs designed and delivered by NWP sites have a positive effect on the writing achievement of students across grade levels, schools, and contexts.
NWP methods have also been proven effective here in Kentucky. A study performed by Terry Hibpshman and Kim Walters-Parker of the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (2012) found that “more effective teachers of writing were more likely to have participated in programs of the National Writing Project” and argued “it seems clear that participation in these activities may be the single most attractive mechanism for improving the quality of writing instruction, both for teacher candidates and for teachers already in the classroom.”
All teachers throughout the Eastern Kentucky region should plan to attend the 2014 Writing Eastern Kentucky Conference to be held 9-4 Saturday, Nov. 8, on the campus of Morehead State University.