Excellence in the Professional Development of Teachers
English faculty also help staff the courses taught in the Lowcountry Writing Project, a regional program under the auspices of the National Writing Program, based in Berkeley, California. The LWP provides professional development opportunities to teachers throughout the Lowcountry. Its goal is to improve student learning by improving the teaching of writing and the uses of writing in all classrooms, across all grade levels and disciplines.
The core program of the LWP is the Invitational Summer Institute, an intensive, four-week program for which participants earn six hours of graduate credit. Teachers who complete the summer program then become Teacher Consultants, who develop and run other LWP programs.
Admission to the Invitational Summer Institute is based on an application and personal interview, but all books, fees, and tuition are free for applicants who are accepted into the program.
Recent and upcoming courses offered in the LWP have included Writing Short Fiction, Writing Children's Books, Writing Memoir, Travel Writing, Professional Writing, Digital Storytelling, and Young Adult Literature.
These courses each carry three hours of graduate credit, and are designed to help teachers both improve their own writing and use writing more effectively in the classroom. These courses are open to all Lowcountry teachers.
Other LWP programs include ongoing book clubs (for which the LWP provides free professional books to all participants), conferences, and on-site inservice programs for area schools. To learn more about the LWP and its programs, click here.
Click here to apply to the Lowcountry Writing Project, a regional affiliate of the National Writing Program in Berkeley, California.