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ERIC Number: ED408611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 9
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Resources and Strategies for Writing Program and Community Collaboration.
Rendleman, Danny
Composition professors are in a valuable and enviable position to create a fairly wide range of collaborative opportunities between the college and the community. It is a natural extension of the collaboration engendered in classrooms, writing centers, and departments. These collaborative projects with the community provide a lot of "bang for the buck," with usually no more investment than what it costs to purchase a laser printer for a middle school magazine, bookstore certificates for mentors, or a contest prize or two. Institutions gain publicity, community identity, and prestige, along with the chance to recruit new students. University students gain in mentoring experience, resume line items, sometimes money, and certainly in self-confidence. One project, the K-12 Partnership Grant, is funded by an annual fund at the University of Michigan-Flint financed by alumni donations and community gifts, with a range of activities including African stories; experiments, journal writing and a science fair in biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science; Latin American culture; robotics; a young authors workshop; and an essay anthology. For the young authors workshop, for example, 26 university students, enrolled in English 412, Writing for Middle and Secondary School teachers, designed portfolio workshops for middle school students. This culminated in publication, hands-on networked computer revision, and preparation for the Michigan Educational Assessment Program. (Contains a checklist for college community projects.) (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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