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The Oregon Writing Project at SOU recognizes the primary importance of teacher knowledge, expertise and leadership. Graduates of each Intensive Summer Institute become Teacher Consultants for the Oregon Writing Project. Teacher Consultants play key roles in the ongoing work of the Project: as instructors and coordinators of school-year staff development programs, directors of youth programs, and part-time Writing Project staff members. 

There are many ways for Teacher Consultants to renew their teaching skills and knowledge base and share their expertise with others. The OWP organizes writing groups, focus groups, and special projects each year. The topics for our inservice programs vary in response to current issues and needs.

Opportunities to share best practices in writing, especially with other teachers:

  • Initiate or participate in a professional reading and discussion group.
  • Attend the TC Reunion in the spring
  • Write articles for the OWP newsletter or the NWP's Quarterly.
  • Participate in a teacher-as-researcher group.
  • Participate in an Advanced Institute.
  • Coordinate and present an inservice workshop.
  • Write a book review for the OWP web site.
  • Share a great lesson plan for posting on the OWP web site.
  • Present at the NWP Annual Meeting or other conferences.
  • Coach or mentor another teacher who wants to improve students' writing.
  • Share writing strategies via a faculty newsletter or list-serve.
  • Share writing tips, perspectives, information, etc, via a parent newsletter.
  • Continue work on your writing from the Summer Institute and publish it. Reinforce that teachers of writing must be writers as well.
  • Read (or just listen) at a 1st Thursday Teachers as Writers Pot Luck.
  • Work with OWP Young Writers' Program.
  • Present at the Summer Institute as a Returning Teacher Consultant.
  • Participate in the NWP Teacher Exchange by either hosting a teacher-consultant from another site, or visiting another NWP site to learn from/teach leaders at another site.
  • Advise a student-writing group and publication at your school.
  • Initiate brown-bag lunches circles with colleagues around the topic of writing.
  • Provide leadership to professional associations and bring the principals of OWP with you.
  • Coordinate demo-lessons in your school so teachers can learn from other teachers.
  • Write chapters for a book on pedagogy.

Find a new form of leadership this year and send us your idea!

Student reading her work

Continuity within the Oregon Writing Project simply means opportunities provided by the directors for Teacher Consultants to share their own writing, best practices, or any other projects connected to the Institute. These can include:

  • Publish lessons or your own writing to our website (contact owp@sou.edu)
  • 1st Thursday Teachers as Writers Potluck for past participants (come! share!)
  • Teacher Consultant Reunion/Renewal meeting in the spring.

"A writer is not so much someone who has something to say as he is someone who has found a process that will bring about new things he would not have thought of if he had not started to say them."   William Stafford

 

Margaret Perrow
OWP at SOU Director
1250 Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 552-6632
Email: perrowm@sou.edu

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Charlotte Hadella
Co-Director, OWP at SOU
1250 Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 552-6632
Email: hadella@sou.edu

 Charlotte Hadella

Andra Hollenbeck
In-service Coordinator
OWP at SOU
1250 Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland, OR 97520
Email: andrah@jeffnet.org