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Released July 24, 2005



Long Beach– Sixteen teachers from across Mississippi coastal schools elected to spend five weeks of their summer in the classroom. Participating in the Live Oak Writing Project (LOWP) at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, participants learned under the model teachers-teaching-teachers.

“The Summer Institute has been an amazing experience for me both personally and professionally, and I can't wait to use what I learned in both my classroom and my personal life,” said Amy Campbell, an English teacher at Vancleave Middle School in Vancleave.

The goal of the project is to assist teachers from Mississippi coastal schools with their teaching of writing. They also assist in providing professional development to their peers throughout Mississippi’s public and private schools. It is a five-week institute focusing on the teaching of writing for practicing teachers.

Dr. Elaine White, director of LOWP and assistant professor of English at Southern Miss Gulf Coast said, “The work we do in our Summer Institute focuses on two important elements for teachers: their personal writing and their writing instruction.”

The sixteen teachers first apply for the program and then go through an extensive interview process and are recommended by their principals and colleagues. When the teachers finish all requirements, they continue their affiliation with LOWP as teacher consultants. They participate in providing staff development sessions LOWP offers to school districts.

Around the country, over 3,000 teachers volunteered to spend four weeks of study where university to kindergarten educators come together to learn strategies to help students become accomplished writers and learners. Southern Miss’ program is an affiliate of the National Printing Project composed of sites in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

As with all National Writing Project sites, staff development is designed so that teachers are teaching teachers, which makes LOWP programs both relevant and practical to their colleagues in classrooms across Mississippi.

The main purpose of the program is to provide professional development to hundreds of their educational peers in Mississippi’s public and private schools in addition to guiding their students to better writing skills.

For more information on the Live Oak Writing Project, contact Dr. Elaine White at (228) 214-3288.


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