Raise Your Voice summer writing program for high school students

April 10th, 2017 11:40 AM

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

April 5th, 2017 8:49 AM

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!

October 5th, 2016 7:42 PM

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

July 23rd, 2016 3:15 PM

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

July 22nd, 2016 8:10 AM
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

July 21st, 2016 8:15 PM
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

March 15th, 2016 12:43 PM

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

October Newsletter

October 29th, 2015 1:00 PM

Lots of good things are happening at MWP.

> Fall conference on Friday, November 13th.
> Maine Writes 2016 Call for submissions.
> Something new ~ “Your Daily Write” ~ coming soon to support your writing habit and connect you with other writing TCs.
> The 2016 MWP Institute program…Now enrolling new fellows!

See our October Newsletter for details!

2015 Wilhelm Fellows Announced

July 20th, 2015 12:43 PM

We are pleased to announce two new recipients of the Jeffrey D. Wilhelm Award for 2015: Katy Jones and Todd McKinley.

2015 Wilhelm Fellows

(L to R) Institute co-director Edith Berger congratulates Wilhelm Fellows Katy Jones and Todd McKinley with MWP site director Ken Martin

Katy Jones currently enjoys the “thrill” of teaching Reading and English for 8th graders at Winslow Junior High School. Besides loving to read and write with kids, Katy likes to bake, write letters to friends, read young adult fiction, workout, and travel with her husband. She believes in the power of cookies and storytelling, and she enjoys finding new ways to keep kids interested in her content. Katy is also dedicated to integrating technology in education. During the Institute, she demonstrated how she teaches the research process and informational writing with Google Apps. She describes herself as “tech-persistent,” instead of tech-savvy. Katy is “excited” to be a part of the Maine Writing Project and is looking forward to working with other members for many years to come.

Todd McKinley has taught 8th grade at Leonard Middle School in Old Town since 2000.  He is active in middle level education, serving as a consultant for the Middle Level Education Institute and presenting at the Maine Association for Middle Level Education’s annual conference.  Todd has a passion for writing — for himself and with and beside his students. He considers the act of writing like exercise: committing time each day feeds the soul and raises his well-being.  Although he mainly writes poetry, he experiments with short stories, taking inspiration from experiences shared by family and friends. He has received awards in local contests and participated as a judge for a young writers’ contest.

Todd also believes in the power of live performance — through music, drama, and  the spoken word. He has directed middle school productions for ten years, and most recently, he has served as a judge for the regional finals of the Poetry Out Loud competitions. Todd also acts in local productions and sings with Black Bear Men’s Chorus and Ursa Minor, an a cappella group. Todd lives with wife and daughter in Old Town along the Stillwater River where seasonal views often inspire his writing.

The Wilhelm Fellow recognizes inspired participation in the annual institute of the Maine Writing Project as determined by a vote of participants in the institute. The award was established in celebration of the contributions made to the Maine Writing Project and the educational community of Maine by our former site director, Jeffrey D. Wilhelm. Recent recipients include Teri Brown ’09, Susan Sandler ’09, Patsy Baldus ’10, and Pete St. John ’11, Amy Philbrook ’12, and David Farady ’13.

MWP News: Science Around ME launched!

March 23rd, 2015 8:38 PM

Jay at science festivalScience Around ME launched this past weekend at the Maine Science Festival in Bangor. Pictured here, project director Jay Meigs-McDonald greeted visitors to the festival and handed out more than 500 wallet-sized cards with the app logo and QR code.

Science Around ME is an app that was developed right here in Maine by MWP and the Maine Discovery Museum to highlight the science that is all around us and to invite users to write in response to the science at various local settings. The Penobscot River is our first app location and features birds, fish, the challenge to water quality, and our lumbering history.

While the android version of Science Around ME is available in Google Play, it will be a couple of weeks before it is available on the Apple app store. So stay tuned for when that happens!