The Fox Valley Writing Project has been awarded their third SEED grant (Supporting Effective Educator Development) from the National Writing Project and the U.S. Department of Education. This professional development work is being done at Merrill Elementary School in Oshkosh, and it is called the Merrill Writing Institute. During the 2013-14 school year, a team of three FVWP teacher leaders is providing professional development in the teaching of writing to the K-5 teachers at Merrill Oshkosh.
Previous SEED grants awarded to FVWP include the Washington Writing Institute, a professional development program conducted at Washington Elementary School in Oshkosh during the 2012-13 school year. K-5 teachers from that building implemented inquiry projects on topics such as conferencing, informational writing, and opinion writing.
FVWP also received a SEED grant to support teacher leadership and development, which funded the 2013 Advanced Institute held on campus at UW Oshkosh in Summer 2013 (June 15-18 and 22-25). Sixteen FVWP teacher leaders participated. The Institute was led by Lisa Weiss, Paul Walter, and Robyn Bindrich.