About 60 educators from throughout the state will take
lessons back to their district about how to improve writing lessons
and inspire students after participating in a leadership institute organized by
the San Diego County Office of Education.
The teachers and administrators who attended the three-day Writing
Reform and Innovation for Teaching Excellence (WRITE) Leadership Institute from
May 27 to 29 will now use what they’ve learned to train teachers and implement
systemic, research-based literacy programs in their districts.
During a panel discussion May 29, educators who helped start
new literacy programs in their schools talked about the efforts and how the
WRITE Institute helped.
“It has been a wonderful way to align writing instruction,”
said Melinda Jones, literacy coach at Mueller Charter School in Chula Vista.
“We’ve seen a lot of growth.”
Educators came from as far away as Vacaville and San Rafael
to the conference, which was held at the Marina Village Conference Center. The
participants will take part in three online follow-up sessions and have access
to online curriculum, training resources, networking, and support.
“We bring all of the good stuff that they’re already doing
around literacy to the table and help them find where it fits in,” said Julie
Goldman, who helps coordinate the institute. “We do whatever it takes to
A group of teachers in the San Dieguito Union High School
District started the WRITE Institute in 1989 to help older English-learner
students with their writing and reading skills. It was originally known as
Project Write and became part of the San Diego County Office of Education in
Since then, the program has evolved to include all grade
levels as well as social studies and science teachers.
Over the years, the program also has received awards and
recognition from the U.S. Department of Education, National School Boards
Association, California Department of Education, California School Boards
Association, and California Association for Bilingual Education.