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Faculty awarded increased funding for College Ready Writing Program

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The National Writing Project has recently awarded three Missouri State University faculty a renewed grant of $195,892.25 for the College Ready Writers Program (CRWP). This funding was provided to:

  • Dr. Angela Kohnen, assistant professor of English
  • Dr. Keri Franklin, director of assessment
  • Dr. Catherine English, assistant professor of English

“Over the next two years, the CRWP will design and offer more than 90 hours of local professional development programs to 80 percent of the district’s 7-10th grade English language arts teachers,” said Kohnen.

The grant money will be used to assess the current start of writing instructions within the school districts and to help provide classroom coaching to participating teachers.

“Teachers of social studies, science and other curriculum areas will also participate in the program. The project aims to raise students’ achievement in writing, and through this, their preparation for entering college and pursuing careers,” Kohnen said.

Of the $195,892.25, 91 percent ($179,000) was provided through federal funding.

“Standards for education are changing and teachers need time to think and plan for these changes,” Kohnen said. “The new standards call for an increased focus on writing in all subject areas; teachers in these subject areas need resources to meet this challenge.”

For more information, contact Kohnen at (417) 836-5107.


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