Education professor earns grant for Oregon Writing Project

Willamette University Professor Karen Hamlin in the Graduate School of Education has been awarded a grant from the National Writing Project that will allow the school to launch a new Certificate in the Teaching of Writing — preparing teachers to be highly effective writing instructors as well as literacy coaches and teacher leaders in their schools and districts.

The $35,000 matching grant supports the activities of the Oregon Writing Project (OWP) at Willamette, a program that supports excellence in the teaching of writing at all educational levels and subjects through professional development and community involvement.

This is the 15th consecutive year Hamlin and the OWP have earned funding from the National Writing Project.

Hamlin and other OWP site leaders began courses for the new certificate program this summer. Eighteen local teachers are currently attending a four-week institute to develop and share effective strategies, study current research, and draft and edit their own writing for publication.

The certificate coursework will complete the elective requirements for the graduate school’s Master of Education (MEd) degree.

The Oregon Writing Project is also initiating Young Writers programs that will support teachers in preparing their K–12 students to pass new Oregon writing requirements for graduation.