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Celebrations and News

Way to go Ramey Uriate for being a strong proponent of not only the Writing Project, but also of the Idaho Core Standards! Read more about how Ramey

incorporates the standards in The Idaho Statesman. Kudos can also be given to Ramey for being awarded Teacher of the Year at Heritage Middle School in Meridian!

Congratulations to our fearless leader, Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm,  for earning one of the highest honors that can be given to a faculty member at Boise State University.  It is reserved for a small number of faculty who has made major contributions to their academic disciplines.

A reception in his honor will be held

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm in the

 Imagination Lab - Micron Business and Economics Building  
Room #2302

A short program will begin at 4:15pm.

Congratulations to Jeff Wilhelm  for his recent publication, "The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun" published in The Altlantic in which he discusses how strong literacy skills can help kids get good grades and good jobs, but really, kids should learn the joy of reading.

Help spread the word about the Literacy Lifeboats initiative. As you can see the website is up and running and Teachers College has helped us set up this financial gift-giving structure so that donations are tax-exempt and handled with the highest professional standards. We encourage you to spread the word quickly.

Boise State Writing Project Continues our  K-12 Service-Learning Initiatives in Public Schools: 
Boise State’s thriving Service-Learning Program integrates academics and service for college students. Now, through work with the Boise State Writing Project, 85 Idaho teachers will carry the proven benefits of combining service with learning into their K-12 classrooms this fall. Read more about it in the article!

 Upcoming Events

2014 Institutes:

A Conference Day on Teaching to Help Students with Text Complexity!     


Co-sponsored by the Idaho State Department of Education and the Boise State Writing Project!


8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

OCTOBER 3, 2014

The Lookout Room of the SUB at BSU


Learn More!

In his recent Writing for Publication workshop, Jim Fredricksen shared a piece about an op-ed writing initiative of the West Texas Writing Project. It got me thinking "why not?" so I submitted a piece to the Idaho Statesman. While the editorial staff changed my title (and not to my liking - teachers, not the exam, are going to build critical thinking skills), the message remains intact; big changes are coming for students and teachers and patience and understanding is needed.

Jim really got those of us attending the workshop to think about voices for education and the classroom teacher's role. Why not us? If we don't speak for education and our students, whose voice will be heard instead? Consider submitting an op-ed or letter to your local newspaper and adding your voice to the conversation. 
Reader's View: New exam will help students build critical-thinking skills by 2013 fellow Micah Lauer.

Thanks to our BSWP CCSS implementation team for all their hard work on working with the Idaho State Department of Education. Check out these implementation modules that "provide a coherent, detailed regimen of activities for use in districts that includes resources, goals, objectives, strategies, and detailed notes for trainers."

You Go!

The Boise State Writing Project offers professional development workshops for administrators and teachers addressing the implementation of The Common Core Standards. The workshops can be modified and geared toward specific district needs surrounding the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Contact Paula Uriarte for more information

Would you like to learn more about BSWP? Download our flier, read, and then share!

  BSWP is an affiliate of the National Writing Project and was established at Boise State in 2005. It offers programming throughout the year, including two annual conferences, a variety of courses and institutes, in-service series for schools, workshops and workshop series, retreats, programs for student writers and sponsored speeches and workshops with literacy experts. This past year, more than 1,000 Idaho educators received more than 30,000 hours of assistance.