Our History as a Writing Center Network
Since 2013, federal funding totaling $30,000 has supported the development of the ISWP Writing Centers Network. In October 2012, the network sponsored the visit of Dr. Cynthia Dean, a recognized leader in secondary writing center pedagogy. During the 2013 Summer Institute, Fellows welcomed Dr. Rich Kent, whose A Guide to Creating Student-Staffed Writing Centers earned the International Writing Center Association 2006 Outstanding Book Award. Since that ISWP Teacher Consultants engaged in writing center administration have shared their knowledge with one another and with other teachers in the state.
The ISWP Writing Centers Network welcomes the participation of any ISWP Teacher Consultant interested in the prospect of creating a student-staffed writing center. Network members meet monthly to troubleshoot, share resources, plan programming and conference travel, and discuss the process of creating a culture of writing responsive to core standards. If you are a Teacher Consultant interesting in joining the network, please contact us.
Our Co-Director, Rich Martin
The ISWP Writing Centers Network supports the design and launch of student-staffed writing centers in schools throughout the country. Rich Martin, ISWP Co-director and facilitator of the Network, works with teachers in Illinois and across the nation to consider how a school’s human and material resources might support writing center development. Rich offers a valuable website that makes available all the resources that support his school’s Writin’ Titan Writing Center. Rich’s website is also a featured link on Rich Kent’s website for those interested in or administering student-staffed writing centers..
Our Teacher Leaders and Affiliated Network Schools
- Brad Bovenkerk & Paul Krogmeier, Normal Community High School
- Ruth Getchius, Prairie Central High School
- Becky Holdsworth, Fieldcrest High School
- Greg Kocourek, Bloomington Junior High School
- Rich Martin, El Paso-Gridley Junior High School
- Casey Pfeifer, East Peoria High School
- Mike Soares, Pontiac High School
Writin’ Titans Meet with Pontiac Students
On Wednesday, March 19th, 2015, the eighth-grade Writin’ Titan coaches met with nine students from Pontiac High School and their English instructor, Mike Soares. Mr. Soares and his students plan to begin their own student-led writing center next year, similar to the Writin’ Titan Program. The eighth graders (Megan Endress, Emma Baker, Brayden Krug, Nolan Yochum, Chelsea Chiotti, Hannah Prochnow, Maddie Schlipf, Nathan Donaldson, Jaycie Shertz, Carson Lane, Cate Atkins, and Ella Blair) shared how Writin’ Titan writing center works and what tutoring strategies they utilize. They also discussed their experiences as writing coaches and offered advice to the soon-to-be tutors from Pontiac. Afterward, practice coaching sessions were held in which the Pontiac students helped the eighth graders brainstorm potential introductions to their upcoming research papers. The visit concluded with a quick tour of our junior high’s writing center, housed in the computer lab.