The Mississippi River Bluffs Writing Project has its routes and roots in the former Mississippi Valley Writing Project, directed by Drs. Lela Detoye and George Shea from 1982 to 1995. The Mississippi River Bluffs Writing Project is being re-instated and reformulated to address the local and national needs of local teachers of writing at all grade levels, primary through university, and in all subjects.
Our teachers-teaching-teachers model was conceived by Jim Gray and others in 1974 in the Bay Area. In doing so, they founded the National Writing Project. Now, Mississippi River Bluffs Writing Project is one of nearly 200 Writing Project Sites in the United States.
During our Invitational Summer Institute, exemplary teachers who are locally nominated convene to study, in a graduate-level setting, the latest theoretical and pedagogical approaches in the teaching of writing. In doing so, each teacher participant also demonstrates a particular approach to the teaching writing, reading and literacy development, among the group. From this, the participants further refine their teaching approaches, often times grounding them more deeply in larger theoretical approaches, as well as learn from each other. When our participants complete the 4 week intensive Summer Institute, they emerge as prospective teacher consultants who work with the MRBWriP to offer professional development experiences/workshops to the teachers and school districts in our service area.
After our Invitational Summer Institute and during the academic school year, the MRBWriP offers professional development opportunities tailor-made for local school districts seeking high-quality, theoretically and research-based, professional development in the teaching of writing, reading and interdisciplinary-based learning.