Gifts to this fund support Connecticut Writing Project programs including the Connecticut Writing Project Summer Institute and Connecticut Student Writers.
Connecticut Writing Project Summer Institute Fellowships
As one of the oldest sites of the National Writing Project, the Connecticut Writing Project at UConn has been providing quality professional development and graduate education to thousands of teachers for more than 35 years. The National Writing Project's proven model of teacher-centered professional development and learning serves about 15 teachers from all disciplines and grade levels each summer at UConn. These teachers then return to school energized and equipped to positively impact dozens of more teachers and hundreds of students every year.
A gift of $5,000 would cover a Fellowship for one teacher to attend the four-week institute and earn 6 graduate credits in English with a focus on the teaching of writing. A similar gift would also pay the summer salary of a co-teacher or a graduate assistant.
Learn more about the Summer Institute
Connecticut Student Writers
In its 30th year, Connecticut Student Writers is the oldest and largest writing contest for K-12 students in the state of Connecticut, and its popularity has grown dramatically in recent years. About 1,700 students from 400 teachers in more than 200 schools submit their poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to CSW each year. Dozens of teachers and students studying to be teachers volunteer their time to read and judge the submissions. Six students per grade level will be published and approximately another 400 students will receive honorable mention. We publish the writing (and some art!) of 78 students, and the names, teachers, and schools of all the honorable mentions in Connecticut Student Writers magazine, and hold a Student Recognition Night in Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts in May, where up to 1,000 students, teachers, and parents listen to students read their work and also hear a talk from a famous author. This year it will be Newbery-Caldecott winner Matt de la Peña. Publication is a transformative experience for students and teachers alike, and your gift will help us to defray some of the many costs of printing the magazine and holding the Recognition Night.