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ERIC Number: EJ772105
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-8655
Change from within: The Power of a Homegrown Writing Center
Jordan, Jeanette
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v80 n2 p52-54 Nov-Dec 2006
The first step in an improvement effort involves reflection and goal setting. By focusing inward and identifying needs, a person or a school can make great changes. This article discusses how a writing center can be a locus for change within a school. Most high school writing centers start because a few English teachers share a passion for teaching students writing through a tutorial model. The teachers' initial goals typically include empowering students to take ownership over their work and improving student writing performance. Once administration, faculty, and students are brought on board and a writing center takes root, however, it becomes just the beginning of something much more. Writing centers can become the focal point of the school, tying together disparate departments through a common cause. Since best practice research shows the advantages of incorporating writing in all curricular disciplines, the writing center is a natural "center" for the school. Through the development of a writing across the curriculum (WAC) program, the writing center can become an agent of change for the whole school--moving well beyond the humble goals of its creators.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois