Teachers who attend our programs find that our professional development model of “teachers teaching teachers” provides hands-on experiences focused on building teacher knowledge and valuing teacher expertise. Following are sample comments by teacher participants.
“I’m a better writing teacher because of this [writing project] experience. It’s been incredibly demanding, but I always sensed that these demands had value to them.”
“It [the summer institute] was grueling but worth every minute. It forced me to experience what I will be asking of my students.”
“I have learned so much from my personal writing experiences… I have a better grasp of the writing process. I am inspired to continue to improve as a writer and to keep reading about the teaching of writing.”
“I will be forever changed as a teacher of writing. Because Writing Matters gave me the research to defend my writing program, and I came to love Jim Gray after reading Teachers at the Center.”
“I loved being a [writing project] summer institute fellow. It is truly the best professional development I’ve experienced. I will never view or teach writing in the same way.”
“Before the writing project I had stopped growing as a professional. The institute rekindled my love of learning and has filled me with the desire to continue my own education. Thank you!”
“The writing project has changed my life. I feel that not only am I a better writer, but I’m a better teacher as well.”
Administrators also have positive things to say about the value of our work and the difference we make in teachers’ professional lives.
“We have greatly enjoyed and benefited from our partnership with the UC Merced Writing Project. The activity producing the most impact on our teachers has been the very strong support for the augmentation of writing in our newly adopted Reading Language Arts texts. Without this help, our new text implementation and the concomitant need for enhanced staff development would not have been met.”
Susanne Delaware
Former Assistant Superintendent, Atwater Elementary School District
“Our partnership with the UC Merced Writing Project has given our teachers the skills they need to provide students with a strong and effective standards-based writing program. I have seen significant growth in our students’ achievement since our partnership began and look forward to our continued association in support of our students and teachers.”
Alan Rasmussen
Former Superintendent, Merced City Elementary School District