ERIC Number: ED200960
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Faculty Development and the Teaching of Writing: A Local Adaptation of the BAWP Model.
Penfield, Elizabeth F.
Based on the Bay Area Writing Project, The Jefferson Parish (Louisiana) Writing Project (JPWP) was developed, focusing on improving writing instruction and writing itself. Each year, one public high school becomes a demonstration center for intensive staff development, school-wide writing assessment, and workshops for teachers at neighboring public and private schools. The project is based on the belief that teachers are the most important resource for staff development. The first year, the project's resource director conducted a preservice workshop, presented demonstrations of various teaching techniques, developed a writing resource library for students and teachers, devised a strategy for the teaching of writing, which resulted in the "JPWP Resource Guide," and organized a writing assessment session in which teachers scored preproject and postproject writing samples. At the end of the first year, the teachers participating in the project were asked to grade unidentified essays written by students from the demonstration school and a control school. The scores indicated that the student writing from the demonstration school had improved more than the writing from the control school. The teachers' confidence in writing assessment also improved. The first year of JPWP was a success despite the setbacks of a teacher strike, and frequent adversarial relationships between classroom teachers and the resource director. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Jefferson Parish Writing Project