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Coalfield Writers is a satellite of Marshall University Writing Project. It was formed in 1999 through a partnership of Marshall University Writing Project and Logan County Schools. Coalfield Writers was originally called the Logan County Satellite Site of Marshall University Writing Project, and experienced a name change in 2004 when the satellite first received federal funding through a pilot program of The National Writing Project.
Coalfield Writers is an affiliate of the National Writing Project (NWP). The National Writing Project is the longest running professional development and teacher training program in the United States. Coalfield Writers is one of a small group of satellites to be fully funded in the nation, and in December 2007 was removed from pilot status and placed on permanent status, pending annual renewal.
The National Writing Project’s mission, and the mission of Coalfield Writers, is to improve the teaching of writing and improve learning in the nation's schools. Through its professional development model, the National Writing Project recognizes the primary importance of teacher knowledge, expertise, and leadership. NWP believes that access to high-quality educational experiences is a basic right of all learners and a cornerstone of equity. Through its extensive network of teachers, the National Writing Project seeks to promote exemplary instruction of writing in every classroom in America. The National Writing Project values diversity—our own as well as that of our students, their families, and their communities. We recognize that our lives and practices are enriched when those with whom we interact represent diversities of race, gender, class, ethnicity, and language.
Coalfield Writers is under the direction of local teachers, who work collaboratively with local school systems, as well as with the Marshall University director, to plan and implement teacher training based on the identified needs in the fields of oral and written communication, and literacy. Coalfield Writer’s service area includes school systems in the southwestern coalfields of West Virginia, including but not limited to: Logan, Mingo, Boone and Lincoln counties.
Through training and presentations at national meetings like The National Council Teachers of English annual convention and the Rural Sites Network Holocaust Diversity Institute, the teacher leaders of Coalfield Writers are able to share research based teaching practices with the students of their classrooms and the local teachers inserviced through the variety of staff development programs offered annually.
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