Professional Learning Philosophy
The Lake Michigan Writing Project (LMWP) is an organization of, by, and for teachers of writing at all grade levels and in all disciplines, dedicated to improving the teaching and uses of writing through a variety of programs.
Working from a firm belief in the power of classroom-tested knowledge, LMWP chooses as consultants successful practicing teachers who have participated in the Invitational Summer Institute on the campus of Grand Valley State University. These teacher consultants work with teachers in all subject areas, sharing best practices and working with teachers on their own writing.
Throughout the year our teaching consultants conduct professional development workshops and consultant services in school- and district-sponsored programs. Each series is designed to meet the needs of the teachers in the district involved. Crucial to the success of these programs are the following assumptions:
Professional Learning Communities
Once a school has one or more Teacher Consultants who have attended the Invitational Institute, we support for the first year, Professional Learning Communities. Some of our PLCs in recent years have studied books on Genre, Assessment, and Writing Across the Disciplines.
We have conducted school specific workshops on Writing on Demand (MME and MEAP preparation), Writing Across the Disciplines, and Writing as Thinking.