Grants from UCOP, NCLB, and National Writing Project Provide Continuing Support for UCI’s Summer Institute
The UCI Writing Project’s Summer Institute on the Teaching of Literacy and the Development of Literacy Leadership is dedicated to disseminating techniques for teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Over the past 40 years, more than 1,000 veteran teachers from 110 local school districts and colleges have participated in the Institute’s intensive four-week, 100-hour program. Program graduates leave UCI not only with enhanced writing abilities but also prepared to teach students and lead in-service training for other teachers.
The success of the Summer Institute has been recognized at the state and national levels, with support provided by various granting agencies. This year, the UCI Writing Project has received three additional grants. Two of the grants were awarded by the University of California Office of the President, with funding originating from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the California Department of Education/US Department of Education. The third grant, from the National Writing Project, is designed to provide for additional training for select Institute participants to teach argument writing strategies to teachers in low performing schools with high populations of English learners. This grant will be administered by the UCI WP Director of Research, Dr. Huy Chung.
Reflecting on the impact of the Summer Institute for teachers in Southern California, Institute Director and Professor Carol Booth Olson comments, “The Summer Institute is not a class to be taken and completed. It is an induction into a professional learning community of literacy educators throughout Orange and Greater LA Counties who are dedicated to enhancing the academic literacy of their students and who wish to become leaders and professional developers in their schools.”
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