Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tom Pankiewicz takes over as new PLWP director

Today we changed the voice mail message on the PLWP phone and posted the new sign on the office door announcing Tom Pankiewicz as our PLWP site director. I know that the coming year will be a rewarding one for Prairie Lands as the site thrives under Tom's wise leadership!!!
Kudos to the following TCs for finishing graduate degree requirements at MWSU this spring/summer!
Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing: Michelle O'Connor, Misty Burright, Carole Bunse, Carrie Lamm-Clark, Pam Johnston, Melissa Robinson, Leigh Lewandowski, and Diana Deatherage
MAS in Assessment: Kati Reid
MAA in Written Communications: Stephanie Hartley.
Hope you all find a way to stay cool and that rain reappears before school starts in August!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Celebrate National Day on Writing

Celebrate the National Day on Writing with your students on Thursday, October 20. Submit student and teacher "Why I Write" pieces to PLWP's National Day on Writing Gallery. Tell us how you plan to celebrate or celebrated the National Day on Writing by posting a comment here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

14 Teachers Complete Invitational Institute

Fourteen area teachers have received their National Writing Project Teacher Consultant Certification. As such, they join the National Writing Project’s network of literacy teacher leaders throughout the country.

The teachers successfully completed PLWP’s 2011 Invitational Institute which met at MWSU on Saturdays last spring, for four weeks in July, and again on Saturdays in September. The participants prepared for literacy leadership roles by conducting an inquiry demonstration, studying research, and improving their knowledge of writing and teaching writing.

For Rae Lynn Stroud, St. Joseph Hall Elementary Grade 3 teacher, participating in the Invitational Institute was “life-changing. I rekindled my own passion for writing and have joined a professional network of teachers with whom I can share ideas and teaching strategies.”

Lisa Miller, Savannah Middle School Language Arts Teacher, described the Invitational as “the best investment I have ever made in myself as a teacher and in my students. I have learned so many new techniques and ideas to implement in my classroom.”

Thomas Pankiewicz, MWSU English Instructor, directed this year’s Invitational, with Christie Leigan, St. Joseph School District Instructional Coach as Co-Director, and Kyla Ward, St. Joseph Central High School Communication Arts Teacher as mentor.

Teachers completing the Invitational besides Stroud and Miller included Lori Burns, Sherwood High School Communication Arts Teacher; Jackie Clark, Missouri Western State University Graduate Teaching Assistant; Josie Clark, St. Joseph Bode Middle School Communication Arts Teacher; Amanda Felice, Missouri Western State University MAA in Written Communications Graduate Student; Katey Girard, Lathrop Middle and High School Communication Arts Teacher; Stephanie Hartley, Missouri Western State University Graduate Teaching Assistant; Leigh Lewandowski, Lathrop High School Social Studies Teacher; Joe Marmaud, Missouri Western State University Adjunct English Instructor; Mary Martin, Platte County High School Communication Arts Teacher and Department Chair; Helen Penrod, West Platte High School Communication Arts Teacher; Janet Smith, Crest Ridge Middle and High School Library Media Specialist; and Whitney Zanter, Lathrop High School Communication Arts Teacher.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Patsy Brost teaches creative writing

Kudos to Patsy Brost, Prairie Lands Teacher Consultant and Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing recipient, who has joined the Center for Community Arts at Missouri Western as a creative writing teacher. Patsy says the Prairie Lands Writing Project Invitational Institute was a life-changing experience for herself as a writer and teacher: "I not only learned new methods of teaching writing, but I also learned how valuable it is to be a part of a community of writers, to be able to share with other writers, to receive feedback, suggestions, and positive reinforcement."

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Misty Burright: Technology Teacher Consultant Extraordinaire

Misty Burright, visual arts teacher at St. Joseph Lindbergh Elementary School, put together this FANTASTIC video showcasing the changes in her professional life and teaching since she signed up for our 2010 Invitational Institute.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Call for Submissions: Missouri Teachers Write Deadline is May 1

Do you have a piece of writing from the Invitational that deserves another audience? The Missouri Association of Teachers of English seeks teacher-written pieces of poetry, memoir, drama, essay and short story for its 2011 on-line edition:

  • Poetry (selections of 50 lines or fewer are preferred)

  • Features/Essays (1,000 words or less)

  • Short Fiction (1,000 words or less)

  • Non-Fiction (On any subject, 1,000 words or less)
Submit entries in Helvetica or Times New Roman, 12 point. Include a title page with each entry which includes author's name, teaching affiliation, contact information and if desired, a brief annotation about the entry. Send inquires and submissions to Charla Jones, editor:

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Kudos to Stacia Studer

Stacia Studer, 2007 Invitational, and communication arts teacher at St. Joseph Bode Middle School, is one of three finalists for this year's St. Joseph Teacher of the Year.