Six teachers from the middle school and high school recently completed The Greater Madison Writing Project at UW-Madison. Pictured above are 7th grade English/Language Arts teacher Laura Kruschek, 7th grade Creative Expressions teacher Julie Bernards, 6th grade reading & writing teacher Laura Salopek, high school English teacher Kate Boyce, high school German teacher Lisa Manicke, and high school social studies & English teacher Amy Jambor, who attended the two-week professional development session in July.
The Greater Madison Writing Project is an affiliate of the National Writing Project (NWP) network. Through the NWP’s professional development model, teachers in all subject areas and at all levels learn new strategies for helping their students become accomplished writers and learners. According to Julie Bernards, who facilitated the two-week session, “Teachers also become members of a professional community that helps them keep their teaching fresh and vibrant.” The group will continue their network once a month throughout the school year with six other teachers from the area. “As they conduct action research in their classrooms, collaborate monthly, and experiment with writing of their own, they will continue to grow as teachers and writers,” said Bernards.