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2010.01.07 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Selected for New National Writing Project Site

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has received a $30,000 grant from the National Writing Project to establish the Oxbow Writing Project, a program for local teachers to help improve student writing.

Twenty Omaha-area teachers will be selected as participants in summer and school year programs focused on improving student writing and learning. Each teacher will receive a stipend that will help defray graduate tuition costs.

The first session is scheduled for this summer at UNO.

Leading the project are Wilma Kuhlman and Gigi Brignoni, professors of Teacher Education in the College of Education at UNO.

“The writing project is a highly regarded professional development program that gives teachers the techniques to create an entire classroom of students who can write well and clearly,” Brignoni said.

Added Kuhlman: “Based on the model of teachers teaching teachers, the impact has exponential effects. We are excited to provide engaging writing opportunities for teachers in the metropolitan area.”

The National Writing Project, a federally funded professional development program with more than 200 sites (including the new site in Omaha), provided more than 7,000 programs for K-16 teachers across the country last year, reaching more than 135,000 participants.

“The College of Education considers the teaching and improvement of writing as a high priority,” said Nancy Edick, dean of UNO’s College of Education. “We are excited about this school district and university collaboration that is an excellent fit for professional development efforts in the metropolitan area.”

The first Oxbow Writing Project will be held this summer, June 7 through July 2, at UNO. Participating teachers will study and share successful classroom strategies for teaching writing; read and discuss research; and improve their knowledge of writing by writing themselves.

Visit www.nwp.org for more information about the National Writing Project.

For more information on the Oxbow Writing Project at UNO, contact Gigi Brignoni (402-554-2604, ebrignoni@unomaha.edu) or Wilma Kuhlman (402-554-3926, wkuhlman@unomaha.edu).

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