In the Classroom: WMS Welcomes the National Writing Project

While the students were enjoying their last few days of spring vacation, White Mountain School English faculty members Barbara Buckley and Megan Killigrew were hosting a group of North Country teachers on campus and presenting their experiences with the National Writing Project (NWP).

National Writing Project Returning Fellow Barbara Buckley and Fellow Megan Killigrew welcomed a group of North Country teachers to campus on Monday evening to celebrate the power of creating opportunities to embrace and learn from the writing process. The National Writing Project (NWP) works to focus the efforts and expertise of teachers to build momentum in learning through the writing process for all students, and a goal of the local chapter based out of Plymouth State College has been to create more opportunities for North Country teachers and students to access the resources of NWP programs.
 
Guests were greeted with a warm fire and refreshments in the Great Hall. WMS teacher Megan Killigrew then shared her experiences from last summer’s National Writing Project New Hampshire Summer Institute, an experience that helped her bridge the gap between those experiences she valued most as an undergraduate student in a creative writing course at Dartmouth College and the opportunities she hopes to create for her own students. If you have not yet heard about Megan and Barbara’s time at the institute last summer, you can read about it here.
 
Barbara Buckley presented The White Mountain School’s Place-Based Writing curriculum. The course is a popular elective amongst White Mountain School juniors and seniors. A course description can be found under the English Department listing on the curriculum page of the website.
 
We also heard from a group of local teachers who have been working to create a free summer program sponsored by the National Writing Project for North Country middle and high school students. This program, entering its second summer, takes students outside to hike and write in different locations throughout northern New Hampshire. A teacher from Littleton High School shared her research and changing views on writing assessment and some different ways to think about implementing traditional assessment tools, like rubrics.
 
Plymouth State Graduate Professor Meg Peterson, an organizer for the NWP’s New Hampshire summer institute, was on hand to guide and support evening. Thank you to all of our guests and organizers.
 
For more information on the National Writing Project’s New Hampshire summer institute for teachers, please click here.

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