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Professional Development

Open Programs for all Teachers

[ College and Career Readiness – Preparing Teachers for Standards Based Assessments ]

The Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute (MWTI) offers a program to districts designed to assist in preparing teachers and administrators in their quest to provide appropriate instruction so students will meet the standards assessed on the statewide assessment system. Individual districts, schools, or a consortium of schools/districts can purchase this training, which will be designed specific to the needs of the school(s) involved. CEU and SEMI credit are available.

The training can also be designed to address the instructional questions often posed by content teachers, who have difficulty meeting the literacy standards without some hands-on training.

Program Goals

Topics include:

[ Drive-In Workshops ]

MSU Writing Project is offering one-day workshops on the MSU campus that focus on the rigors of teaching to the Common Core State Standards and meeting assessment demands. Dates and topics are reflected below:

September 2, 2015 Standards Based Planning for K-6 and 7-12 (separate rooms)
October 7, 2015 Formative Assessment with Meaningful Feedback- grades K-12
November 4, 2015 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas – grades 6-12
January 13, 2016 Motivating Adolescent Writers – grades 6-12
February 10, 2016 Analyzing Student Writing to Drive Instruction for K-6 and 7-12 (separate rooms)
April 6, 2016 Revision Strategies that Work for K-6 and 7-12 (separate rooms)


Session Time: 8:00-3:30
Location: MSU/ Starkville Campus/ Student Union
Lunch on Us @ 11:00
Cost: $100.00 per/teacher or $450.00 for 5 teachers
CEU’s Available
** To register, complete the form on the home page under Drive-In Teacher Workshops. Call 662-325-7777 if you have questions.

For more information contact Emily Noble at

[ Professional Development for Schools and School Districts ]

Tailored Professional Development

The MSUWTP is prepared to work with area school districts to design unique programs to meet specific needs identified by the local district. Leadership teams from the writing project meet with administrators and leadership teams of teachers to determine content needs, delivery strategies, and scheduling. Professional development plans will be designed to provide teachers with the necessary tools for preparing students to meet the increasing demands of statewide assessments. National Writing Project and MWTI resources are made available to schools through these tailored programs. CEUs are available.

Classroom Demonstrations with Debriefing/Teacher Mentoring

Teacher-consultants present process-based lessons in teachers' classrooms, aligned with state and district standards. Small groups of teachers are debriefed on the strategies used in the demonstrations. Classroom demonstrations have been so successful that schools are now requesting scheduled classroom demonstrations as an integral part of their professional development programs.

Book Study Groups

MSUWTP staff assist school faculties in choosing relevant reading material for a year-long book study. During regularly scheduled "book club" style meetings, MSUWTP staff facilitate discussions of the reading and when appropriate, model strategies for classroom implementation. Often book study sessions are held during teachers' planning times so that this program does not interfere with daily instructional time. CEUs are available.