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MWP 20: Registration Closing

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

20th Anniversary Celebration!!
Friday, July 7, 2017
Buchanan Alumni House, UMaine Orono

For Latest Information, including how to register:

 MWP 20 Update

MWP Announces New Baker Scholars

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

The Maine Writing Project has announced two new Tanya Baker Scholars for 2017: Anne Miller ’05 and Amy Clement ’06. The Baker Scholar is awarded to Maine Writing Project teacher-consultants that exemplify thoughtful teaching, inspired scholarship, and singular contributions to the Maine Writing Project community.

Anne Miller joined the Maine Writing Project in 2005. She has served on our leadership team and has led professional development efforts, including teaching and redesigning the mentoring program in its early years. Anne is a former English teacher and Library/Media Specialist at Maine Central institute, an independent high school in Pittsfield, Maine. Currently, she is Director of Curriculum for MSAD #53, a position she has held for ten years. She is also an adjunct instructor at UMaine and UMA. Anne earned her Master’s degree in 1997 and her Doctor of Education degree in Literacy Education at UMaine this May. She is a recognized authority regarding young adult literature. Anne enjoys skiing and hiking, and spending time with her young adult children. Anne’s  husband, Ed, and children Nick and Cassie, are all UM Black Bears.

Amy Clement joined the Maine Writing Project in 2006. For multiple years, Amy co-directed MWP Invitational Summer Institutes at Orono where she was instrumental in shaping the program. Amy was formerly an English teacher at Central High School in Corinth, Maine, and she is currently a Literacy Coach and Interventionist at Central High School and Middle School. She completed her Masters degree in 2008 and is currently pursuing a CAS in Literacy Education at UMaine where she is also an adjunct faculty member in literacy. An avid runner, Amy has twice run to the top of Mount Washington! Amy and her husband Ed live in Bangor where they have raised four kids.

The Tanya N. Baker Scholar was established in 2008 in celebration of the contributions made to the Maine Writing Project and the educational community of Maine by our former co-director, Tanya N. Baker. Past Baker Scholars include Jean Plummer ’98, Janet Nordfors ’02, Maureen Montgomery ’02, Dave Boardman ’03, Debra Butterfield ’03, Cindy Dean ’04, and Douglas “Woody” Woodsum ’08. Anne and Amy will be recognized at MWP 20, the 20th anniversary celebration of the Maine Writing Project on July 7th.

For Maine Writing Project Members Only…

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

20th Anniversary Celebration!!
Friday, July 7, 2017
Buchanan Alumni House, UMaine Orono

For Complete Information, including how to register:

 MWP 20th Anniversary Celebration Information

Raise Your Voice summer writing program for high school students

Monday, April 10th, 2017

The Maine Writing Project and Maine Public Broadcasting are offering a new opportunity this summer for young people who have ideas they want to share: Raise Your Voice Workshops are free, two-week, summer writing experiences for high school students.

This free program will take place from July 24 through August 4 at three separate locations:

  • University of Maine, Orono
  • Thomas College in Waterville
  • Baxter Academy for Science and Technology in Portland

Each day runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon with a mix of time to write, explore new ideas, and try out new writing techniques. A great team of MWP teacher-consultants will lead each camp. Join us and connect with other young people who enjoy writing and have their own ideas on how to make the world a better place!

Online Registration:
Young people entering grades 9-12 can apply to join this friendly, dynamic environment by completing the Raise Your Voice Workshops online application.

2017 MWP Summer Writing Retreat

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Description: The idea for a summer writing retreat originated with members that wanted time for writing, sharing, and conferencing among themselves with just enough structure to foster productivity. Some want support for their individual intentions for publication, but your personal writing objective is welcome here. No formal workshops or presenters are planned, although optional guest presenters may be scheduled.

More Information, including daily schedule.

Who is eligible: Maine Writing Project teacher-consultants. Your writing will be welcomed and supported by experienced, like-minded members of the writing project.

Dates:
July 10-14, 2017 (Monday noon – Friday noon) on the UMaine campus

  • Monday afternoon writing marathon, welcome dinner and opening activity;
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, 8:30-4:00 with optional evening activities;
  • Thursday, 8:30-4:00 Promising Practices Conference
  • Friday, 8:30-noon

Fee: $340 fee paid to MWP

Credit: 30 Contact hours

Program: writing and sharing writing, inspiring activities with MWP colleagues, attendance at Promising Practices Conference, opportunity for Maine Writes publication.

Other:

  • registration includes Monday welcome light lunch and dinner, breakfast & lunch Tuesday-Friday, enough snacks to keep you energized each day!
  • some University housing is available for the week.
  • Optional guest presenters may be planned.

Facilitators:
TC organizing committee: Amy Philbrook ’12, Barbara Keene ‘13, Kristina Clements ‘14

Registration Deadline: May 17th, 2017

Register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JFCNHML

November 4 Fall Conference on Writing Across the Curriculum!

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-10-05 at 7.38.07 PM copyJoin the National Writing Projects of Maine for Write Here, Write Now! our 2016 Fall Conference sponsored by the Maine Writing Project and Southern Maine Writing Project.  Explore writing methods across the curriculum  with 23 workshops.

When: Friday, November 4, 2016 ~ 8:30-3:00

Where: Richard Randall Student Center at the University if Maine in Augusta

2016 Fall Conference program

Register Online

MWP Announces New Tanya Baker Scholars

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

At this year’s Promising Practices Conference, the Maine Writing Project awarded two, new Tanya Baker Scholars: Dave Boardman and Douglas “Woody” Woodsum. The Baker Scholar is awarded to Maine Writing Project teacher-consultants that exemplify thoughtful teaching, inspired scholarship, and singular contributions to the Maine Writing Project community.

2016 Baker award

Site Director Ken Martin (C) congratulates new Baker Scholars Dave Boardman (L) and Woody Woodsum (R).

Dr. Dave Boardman is currently the Mass Media Communications program teacher at Mid-Maine Technical Center in Waterville. A former teacher of English language arts, journalism, and multimedia communications at high schools in central Maine, Dave has also worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, commercial fisherman, and freelance video producer. Most recently, Dave has become the Education Program Coordinator for Maine Public Broadcasting. Dave is a pioneer in online course development, was named the 2006 Educator of the Year by ACTEM, the Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine, and his work has been published in the Journal of Maine Education and by Heinemann and the National Writing Project. Dave joined the Maine Writing Project in 2003, and he has served as co-director of both the Summer Invitational Institute and the Adolescent Literacy Institute. He was also a leader in digital writing initiatives.

Woody Woodsum is an English teacher Carrabec High School in North Anson. Woody is a published poet whose credits include Yankee, Maine Times, English Journal, New England Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal. His book, The Lawns of Lobstermen, is available from www.artjourneyer.com. Woody is a former Ruth Lilluy poet, a two-time Avery Hopwood Award winner, a Maine Times fiction prize winner, and a winner of the Bread Loaf Poetry Prize. Woody joined the Maine Writing Project in 2008. Since that time, he has presented at MWP conferences and frequently served a poet-in-residence at MWP institutes, assisting numerous fellows and teacher-consultants in developing their writing.

The Tanya N. Baker Scholar was established in 2008 in celebration of the contributions made to the Maine Writing Project and the educational community of Maine by our former co-director, Tanya N. Baker.  Past Baker Scholars include Jean Plummer ’98, Janet Nordfors ’02, Maureen Montgomer ’02, Debra Butterfield ’03, and Cindy Dean ’04.

Promising Practices Conference Showcases 2016 Fellows

Friday, July 22nd, 2016
2016 Prom Pract

2016 Promising Practices attendees gathering for a conference opening moment.

On July 14th, over forty UMaine educators and Maine Writing Project members gathered at the Donald P. Corbett Hall on the University of Maine campus. MWP 2016 Institute Fellows were the centerpiece of this one-day conference presenting teaching workshops on a wide variety of topics, including Helping Students Discover Stories Using Pictures, Getting to the Essence of Similarity and Difference with Poems for Two Voices, and Writing as a Window to Literacy Acquisition.

2016 Prom Pract keynote

Monica Yepez (R), 2016 Promising Practices presenter on the Education Revolution in Ecuador, gathers letters of encouragement and advice to take to educators in her home country.

This year, the conference opened with a keynote address by Monica Yepez from Quito, Ecuador. Monica spoke on “The Education Revolution in Ecuador.” She detailed recent reforms in education in Ecuador and the challenges her country is experiencing in implementing more progressive approaches to the teaching of writing. Participants discussed the question of how teachers may reinvent themselves in the face of reforms and concluded by writing letters of encouragement and advice which Monica will take back to teachers in her own country.

Along with the practical demonstrations, Writing Project participants caught up with old friends who came to support fellow teachers as writers and presenters. The day included lots of time for reflection and writing. Participants were treated to door prizes and lots of great food. Promising Practices is a yearly professional development event sponsored by the Maine Writing Project.

MWP Welcomes Class of 2016 Teacher-Consultants

Thursday, July 21st, 2016
2016 SI Fellows

2016 Summer Institute Fellows, Mentors, and Co-Directors.

The 2016 Annual Institute of the Maine Writing Project concluded with the seven-day Institute on Teacher Leadership held on the Orono campus July 6-15.  Seven Fellows completed the online Introduction to the National Writing Project during the UMaine spring semester and became teacher-consultants by completing the July institute.

Highlights of this year’s institute included a visit from local children’s author Ellen Potter, a morning writing and sharing with writers from grades 3-12 at the Orono Young Authors Camp, and our new teacher-consultants demonstrating their teaching practices at our Promising Practices Conference on July 14th.

An Advanced Institute in Teacher Leadership welcomed back four teacher-consultants from previous years.  These experienced MWP teacher leaders mentored the new Fellows along with completing their own writing and investigation of teacher leadership.

2016 MWP Summer Writing Retreat

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Description: The idea for a summer writing retreat originated with members that wanted time for writing, sharing, and conferencing amongst themselves with just enough structure to foster productivity. Some want support for their individual intentions for publication, but your personal writing objective is welcome here. No formal workshops or presenters are planned.

Who is eligible: Maine Writing Project teacher-consultants. Your writing will be welcomed and supported by experienced, like-minded members of the writing project.

Dates:
July 11-15, 2016 (Monday afternoon – Friday noontime) on the UMaine campus

  • Monday afternoon writing marathon (optional), welcome dinner and opening activity;
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, 8:30-4:00 with optional evening activities;
  • Thursday, 8:30-4:00 Promising Practices Conference
  • Friday, 8:30-noon

Option 1: Writing retreat
$340 fee paid to MWP
30 Contact hours
Writing, sharing, and conferencing; attendance at Promising Practices Conference; opportunity for Maine Writes publication.

Option 2: ERL 590-0004
3 credit graduate course
Regular tuition and fees.
Includes pre- and post-institute work.

Other:
Registration includes Monday welcome dinner, lunch Tuesday-Friday, enough snacks to keep you energized each day!
Some University housing is available for the week.

Facilitators:
Ken Martin, MWP site director
TC organizing committee: Amy Philbrook ’12, Barbara Keene ‘13, Kristina Clements ‘14

Registration Deadline: May 15th, 2016

To Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z8ZPZ6K