Teachers in the Pine-Richland School District get colleague feedback regarding their own writing at a summer workshop aimed at helping educators become better teachers of writing.
Teachers in the Pine-Richland School District get colleague feedback regarding their own writing at a summer workshop aimed at helping educators become better teachers of writing.

Pine-Richland School District elementary teachers took off their teaching hats and put on their thinking caps during summer break. They worked to fine-tune their skills in the art of teaching writing during a weeklong workshop. Facilitator Richard Koch emphasized to educators and students that writing can be a journey of improvement with feedback from peers.

The workshop was a second part of a two-part grant funded by the Pine-Richland Opportunities Fund through the Western PA Writing Project in association with the National Writing Project. During the first grant project, Koch worked with students directly to model effective writing lessons for teachers to see firsthand. Elementary teachers Kathleen Giegle and Bonnie Allessi teamed up to write and oversee the grant project with the help of fellow teachers.