CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Ten teachers from all over the Coastal Bend attended the Coastal Bend Writing Project (CBWP) Summer Institute, held July 6-31 at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The Institute is a grant-funded intensive writing program that allows teachers to improve their writing skills, at no cost to them.
“I came to the CBWP writing camp so I could feel more positive about my writing,” said Elizabeth Lawing, a teacher at E.B. Reyna Elementary School in La Joya, Texas. “This experience has taught me to be more confident in my writing abilities, and I think that confidence will come across to my students.”
The four-week Institute provided writing curriculum, coaching, and training to regional kindergarten through college-level teachers who have at least one year of experience in the classroom. The Institute also offered participants graduate credit hours.
“We spend four weeks trying to experience writing in a positive, affirming way,” said Dr. Catherine Quick, Director of CBWP and Associate Professor of English. “Very often, writing in schools tends to be focused on tests, but here, we want teachers to experience the freedom to write what they want.”
The camp is co-directed by Susan Peeples, Associate Director of the Coastal Bend Writing Project.
"I've been part of the Coastal Bend Writing Project Summer Institute since its inception seven years ago,” said Peeples. “The first Institute healed my soul, restored faith in myself, and confirmed my commitment to teaching.”
The camp was open to teachers from all backgrounds, not just those in language arts.
“I think any opportunity to grow professionally should be taken advantage of,” said Andrew Martinez, a history teacher at Collegiate High School in Corpus Christi. “History is extremely embedded in writing, and I can’t wait to use the new methods I learned at camp to integrate the two.”The Coastal Bend Writing Project is the local-site affiliate of the National Writing Project, the nation's premier professional development organization for teachers of writing.