Fresh Start

The Upstate Writing Project is excited to introduce a New Teacher Initiative called Fresh Start for the 2009-2010 school year. This Initiative is made up of 15 new teachers with 0-3 years experience who are committed to becoming excellent teachers of writing. Participants will attend 8 sessions where they will receive Ralph Fletcher’s Writing Workshop the Essential Guide. Along with this “must have” book for teaching writing, participants will create “make and takes” that will enhance their writing workshop. Teachers will be given helpful resources to add to their “writing toolbox” while discussing issues and dilemmas with teaching writing that may arise within the new teacher’s classroom. Fresh Start will meet one Thursday each month for two hours. During this time Teacher Consultants for the Upstate Writing Project will introduce the traits of writing through hands-on demos.Fresh Start hopes to reach new teachers, give them an outlet for their frustrations and questions,and to most importantly help them find their voice as a teacher while sharingideas for helping students become better writers! Refreshments will be served each meeting.

For further information, or to nominate a new teacher to join this initiative, please contact Erika Bennington at "> or Natalie Dather at