Oswego Schools Receives Generous Writing Grant from Entergy

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The participants in the summer writing institute gathered to accept a $10,000 Entergy grant for the summer writing institute. Bottom Left:  Rosemary Ingersoll, Cheri Beck, Coordinator Joan Dain, Entergy representative Chris Rottenberk , Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction  Cathy Chamberlain,  and Patti Ponzi. The middle row includes MaryLynn Maxwell, Judy Coniski, Karen DeRitter, Hope Mazuroski, Director of Literacy Laura Ryder, Heather Caroccio while in back are Tricia Caroccio, Cecily Morrison, MaryAnn Bullard, Kerrie McElroy and  Kingsford Park Principal Mary Volkomer.

The Oswego City School District received a $10,000 Entergy grant for a four day summer writing institute conducted by Teachers College, Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University.

The Writing Institute is designed for educators, classroom teachers and curriculum specialists to turn classrooms into rich writing and reading workshops. Some of the topics that will be discussed during the institute will include developing units of study in the writing workshop, helping students make connections to their reading through writing, using literature to help students craft their writing and the importance of assessment based instruction.

The pilot program was instituted at the Kingsford Park Elementary School during the past year and has been a huge success. Participants expressed the desire to see this project grow and that dream is close to becoming a reality.

Two staff developers from the Reading and Writing Project will be working with staff from the Oswego City School District to develop a Writing Institute that mirrors the long standing Writing Institute at Teachers College in New York City.

“The Oswego City School District is incredibly grateful for Entergy’s generous financial support of this worthwhile project. This grant will allow us to develop a highly effective professional development writing program for the students in our community”, cited Literacy Specialist Joan Dain, who helped to secure the funding for this project.