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Shenandoah Valley Writing Academy announces 2014 session

bridgewaterThe Shenandoah Valley Writing Academy (SVWA) at Bridgewater College will take place July 7-18 on the college’s campus.

The SVWA provides elementary-, middle- and high-school teachers the opportunity to hone their writing skills and to learn to teach writing more effectively. Participants have two options to earn teacher licensure renewal points.

“The focus is always on the students we teach,” said SVWA co-director Jenny Martin. “We write, read and engage with new technology to meet students’ writing needs in the classroom.”

Martin also noted that just as it’s healthy for people to take vacations, teachers need a professional vacation to thrive as writers and teachers of writing in the classroom.

“The Writing Academy allows time for teachers to write in meaningful ways, to read research-based pedagogical literature and to engage with 21st century literacies for academic writing purposes,” she said.

The first option for registration is the course EDUC/ENG 475: Shenandoah Valley Writing Academy Writing Workshop in the Classroom. EDUC/ENG 475 is a team-taught course associated with registration in the SVWA. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive three hours of undergraduate credit (which qualifies for 90 recertification points under option 1 of teacher licensure renewal).

In addition to the two-week summer program, course registrants also take part in three Saturday seminars during the fall: August 23, October 4 and November 15. Total cost for the course option is $325.

The other option is registration for the two-week summer program only, which is eligible for 90 recertification points under option 8 for teacher licensure renewal. The cost for the summer program option is $125.

The deadline for registration is June 20.

For more information, visit bridgewater.edu/writing-academy or contact Jenny Martin atjmmartin@bridgewater.edu or 540-271-0378.


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