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Writing Commons Community Outreach Project Featured at Assessment Conference: March 4, 2011

Posted Mar. 6, 2011
Several Writing Commons Tutors and the Chair of the Theodore Roosevelt High School English Department presented their research into university-secondary school partnerships to improve student learning outcomes in writing.  Writing Commons Director, Jeanne Smith; Theodore Roosevelt High School English Department Chair, Margana Fahey; and Writing Commons Tutors Erin Maxwell, Doug Sheldon, Heather Kaley, and Will McSuley presented "Assessing Our First Draft: Negotiating Roles in a High School-University Writing Center Collaboration" at the annual conference of the East Central Writing Centers Association.  The project on which their presentation reported “The Writers-in-Residence” program at Roosevelt High School in Kent, places Writing Commons tutor- trainees in the high school as tutor/mentors to high school writers of all abilities and grade levels. “This project has been tremendously important for the high school students and teachers,” said Margana Fahey.  Jeanne Smith, who developed the 3-credit hour course and offers it every semester, intends to sustain the partnership between the Writing Commons and Roosevelt High School over many years.  "We are in our second semester, Smith said, "and are very encouraged at the progress we are making.” Students wishing to join the Theodore Roosevelt High School Writers-in-Residence Program should contact Jeanne Smith at at for information on how to register for the course.