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Gulf Coast Teachers Attend Live Oak Writing Project Summer Institute PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Contact Charmaine Williams Schmermund 228.865.4573   


Several coast teachers are spending their summer break participating in the Live Oak Writing Project at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The Live Oak Writing Project, a collaboration of coast schools and Southern Miss Gulf Coast, helps teachers develop ways to implement writing throughout the classroom and curriculum.  The program consists of four weeks of intensive writing instruction sponsored by the National Writing Project. 

Each June, the Live Oak Writing Project conducts an invitational summer institute where teachers conduct research, create demonstration lessons, write and participate in book studies. The participants of the project discuss ways to implement writing within the classroom while conducting and recording research on specific challenges within the classroom, and how these challenges can be solved through writing.

“I thought I would learn new and better ways to teach writing, and I am,” said Teresa Hay, a teacher at Vancleave High School. 

Upon completion of the Live Oak Writing Project, and through the National Writing Project’s professional development programs, teachers of all grade levels and subjects will become members of a professional community that helps keep their teaching fresh and vibrant. They can take this renewed spirit into their schools and help students become better thinkers and learners. 

This year’s Invitational Summer Institute was under the direction of program chair Sarah Bailey and co-chair Vickie Feazelle. Other participants included Leigh Nichols of D’Iberville High School, Shaunna McCormick of Long Beach High School, Jamie Lynn Murphy of St. Martin High School, LaKeisha Jones of Three Rivers Elementary School, Teresa Hay, Denise Carneiro of St. Stanislaus College, Sandra Parker of East Hancock Elementary School, Larissa Cuevas of Pass Christian High School, Amanda Lovelace of Hancock High School, Katie Wilson of Millsaps College and Liz Cain of Bay High School.

Following the invitational summer institute, participants become teacher consultants and lead staff development workshops for teachers throughout the school year.

Applications for the 2010 Invitational Summer Institute are due in January. For more information about the Live Oak Writing Project’s Invitational Summer Institute or for an application, contact site director Dr. Elaine White at 228.214.3288 or visit www.usm.edu/liveoak/ .


The Live Oak Writing Project, a collaboration of coast schools and Southern Miss Gulf Coast, helps teachers develop ways to implement writing throughout the classroom and curriculum.  The program consists of four weeks of intensive writing instruction sponsored by the National Writing Project. 

Live Oak Writing Project 2009 Summer Institute participants are, from left to right, (front row) Denise Carneiro of St. Stanislaus College, Shaunna McCormick of Long Beach High School, Larissa Cuevas of Pass Christian High School, Liz Cain of Bay High School, Amanda Lovelace of Hancock High School, Leigh Nichols of D’Iberville High School, intern Katie Wilson, (back row) program chair Sarah Bailey, site director Elaine White, LaKeisha Jones of Three Rivers Elementary School, Jamie Lynn Murphy of St. Martin High School, Sandi Parker of East Hancock Elementary School, Teresa Hay of Vancleave High School and program co-chair Vickie Feazelle. (Southern Miss Public Relations photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

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