ERIC Number: ED345287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Serving as the Keystone: Collaborative Reform, Relinquishing Authority, and the Link to Higher Education in the Fort Worth Public Schools.
Aley, Shelley; Vandenberg, Peter
Established in 1984, the twofold purpose of the national award-winning Keystone Writing Project of the Fort Worth Independent School District is to (1) create a staff development program to assist teachers in designing strategies for teaching writing; and (2) to set up a district writing program that meets the needs of all students. During the 1991-1992 academic year six graduate English students began working in different elementary classrooms as "writing consultants" bringing collaborative writing theory to elementary teachers through in-class practice. Consultants help teachers find ways to turn the responsibility for learning back to students on the assumption that there is a correlation between loss of control, loss of incentive, and the 50% drop-out rate in the Fort Worth Independent School District. Enthusiasm for the project is tempered by a warning against the reification of collaboration into a set of prescriptions. Successful primary writing instruction ultimately depends on reform in teacher education. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Fort Worth Independent School District TX; Keystone Writing Project TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (43rd, Cincinnati, OH, March 19-21, 1992).