School of Humanities
School of Humanities
Live Oak contracts with local school districts to provide staff development programs tailored to the specific needs of each school. Among our success stories are Pass Christian Elementary School and North Bay Elementary School, Bay St. Louis. Programs are reasonably priced and planned to cover at least one year's work.
The project provides a model for ongoing professional development that builds independent local programs. Since writing is a skill that is complex, the project models research-based strategies to help students grow as readers, writers, and learners. Programs cross all grade levels and all disciplines.
Our research shows that in order for sustained learning to occur, staff development providers must make long-term investments in the work of a district. We strive to help teachers in all disciplines understand the importance of infusing their instruction with writing.
In addition to Professional Development presented in school districts, Live Oak Writing Project also offers open programs to teachers in general.
All sessions are presented by Teacher Consultants affiliated with Live Oak Writing
These TCs have been trained in effective instructional practices through their participation in the Invitational Summer Institutes held each June on the Long Beach campus of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The National Writing Project, which is the parent group for Live Oak Writing Project, is built on the philosophy of teachers teaching teachers. Leadership is shared with both university faculty and public school faculty. After teachers are trained in each summer's Invitational Summer Institute, they are encouraged to become active in the leadership of the site.Dr. Rebecca Powell, Director
The Teacher Consultant (TC) Council is the advisory group for Live Oak Writing Project. Each person who is a co-director or committee chair/co-chair serves on the council. This group is the heart of all LOWP work, serving on a voluntary basis to see that work is done in accordance with the philosophy of National Writing Project.
Mary Kay Deen and Dr. Frances Weiler began their affiliation with The National Writing Project as fellows of The South Mississippi Writing Project, housed on the Hattiesburg campus. Dr. Jeanne Ezell, then director of SMWP, asked the two ladies to facilitate a satellite summer institute on the Gulf Park campus.
Within two years, Mary Kay and Frances had recruited enough participants that it seemed appropriate to ask The National Writing Project's permission to create a new site.
In the fall of 2001, Elaine moved to The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast and agreed to take on the role of site director. Together, the three ladies completed the work of writing a funding proposal, garnering support from university stakeholders, and naming the organization: The Live Oak Writing Project.