Applications for the first cohort are due on Friday, 2.15.19.
What is WC2P?
The Washtenaw County Writing Centers Project (WC2P) started when Jeffrey Austin, the director of the Skyline Writing Center, was one of seven teachers admitted into the Michigan Department of Education’s Innovative Educator Corps (IEC). The IEC is part of the state’s Marshall Plan that aims to make Michigan a top-ten state for education in the next ten years. Mr. Austin was given funding to share, replicate, and expand Writing Centers across Washtenaw County as a way for schools to leverage peer-to-peer learning to close achievement and opportunity gaps, help students gain valuable college and career skills, and build infrastructures for disciplinary literacies.
WC2P will provide mentorship, coaching, and material support to middle and high schools in Washtenaw County looking to start new or expand existing writing centers. The goal of the project is to make Washtenaw County a national hub of secondary school equity, literacy, and community-focused writing centers by ensuring that directors and peer tutors have the resources they need to build, sustain, and expand their programs.
This project is in partnership with the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, the Sweetland Center for Writing, the Eastern Michigan University Office of Campus and Community Writing (C2W), 826michigan, the Saline High School Writing Center, and the Secondary School Writing Centers Association (SSWCA). We’re grateful and thankful to have a robust knowledge and support network for our cohort members!
For more information on WC2P, see our presentation.
Who is on the WC2P Leadership + Advisory Board?
The WC2P Leadership and Advisory Board consists of stakeholders from a variety of institutions and organizations in Washtenaw County. The team includes secondary school and university tutors, secondary school and university writing center directors, and community writing center coordinators and directors.
Emma Rose Carpenter | Skyline Writing Center
Ann Blakeslee | EMU C2W
Skylar Burkhardt | Former Skyline + Current Sweetland Tutor
Catherine Calabro | 826michigan
Megan Gilson | 826michigan
This calendar is tentative and is subject to change.
- Late March or Early April 2019 | Writing Center Day: Getting started training for new directors and potential tutors. Time will be provided to vision, dream, ask questions, and plan for your new writing center.
- Mid-April 2019 | Professional Retreat (Friday Night + Saturday Morning): New directors will come together to engage in foundational work with peers around key elements of administrating a Writing Center.
- Mid-May 2019 | Tutor Collaborative: Potential tutors from cohort schools will come together with current tutors for foundational tutor training.
All participants will receive a copy of Brown and Waldrup (Eds.), Advocating, Building, and Collaborating: A Resource Toolkit to Sustain Secondary School Writing Centers and Kent, A Guide to Creating Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Grades 6-12. Funding will be provided to cohort members for substitute teachers and student transportation to events. Food will be provided to participants at all events.