National Writing Project Comes to Ogden

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University's Department of English recently became a local site for the National Writing Project, an organization dedicated to improving the nation's writing skills.

The Wasatch Range Writing Project, which is the name of the local chapter, will work with elementary and secondary education teachers in all curriculum areas in the Box Elder, Davis, Morgan, Ogden and Weber school districts on ways to improve writing instruction.

"This project has the potential to greatly improve writing instruction in those districts and in the private and charter schools we work with," said Gary Dohrer, WSU English professor and project director.

Each year the project will host an annual summer institute where area teachers will demonstrate their most effective teaching practices, study research and improve their writing knowledge by writing themselves. Participating teachers also conduct project-sponsored programs and activities in their own schools throughout the year to develop teacher knowledge and improve student achievement.

National Writing Project sites, all located on university campuses, serve more than 140,000 educators annually. The organization adds new sites each year with the goal of placing the writing project within reach of every teacher in the United States.

For more information on the first summer institute sponsored by the Wasatch Range Writing Project or to get involved, call (801) 626-7318.

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Travis Clemens, assistant director of Media Relations
(801) 626-7948 •
Gary Dohrer, English professor
(801) 626-7318 •