Prairie Lands Writing Project held an Opinion Writing Boot Camp for teachers from Mark Twain Elementary School and Pickett Elementary School at Missouri Western, July 22-24. Christie Leigan, PLWP co-director and Hall first-grade teacher, and Mya Mikkelsen, Prairie Lands teacher consultant and instructional coach at Eugene Field and Pershing Elementary Schools, facilitated the three-day workshop for twenty-two teachers.
Prairie Lands' i3 College Ready Writers Program consultants met at Missouri Western on July 16 to plan two-day launches at Braymer for the Braymer and Breckenridge school districts faculty on August 5-6 and for the Hamilton faculty on August 12-13. These launch session will introduce the program and provide teachers from all content areas with ways to embed writing activities in their classes. Dr. Jane Frick, program manager, Kathy Miller and Tom Pankiewicz, program facilitators led the meeting. Valorie Stokes, Platte Country High School; Heidi Mick, Platte County High School; Michele Irby, Orrick High School; Amy Miller, Benton High School; Janet Jelavich, retired from Maryville High School; Sara Capra, Park Hill High School, and Lynn Tushaus, retired from Savannah Middle School participated. Several of these teachers will also present at the two launch sessions. Incoming director Susan Martens joined the think tank team for lunch.