The stories were an exercise in viewing fairy tales from an alternate perspective, and part of a summer institute that trains teachers to approach writing from different angles. In its 12th year at the university, the San Marcos Writing Project trains kindergarten through high school teachers to help students become thoughtful writers and avid learners. “I’ve learned so much,” said Britni Padilla, a seventh-grade teacher from Warner Springs. “My classroom is going to be a different place next year, but for the better. It’s about creating a community of writing.” The program is one of 200 around the country operating under the auspices of the 40-year-old National Writing Project, which aims to improve writing and literacy education across the country. About 200 teachers have trained in the San Marcos program since it started, and many have gone on to provide in-house training to fellow teachers on their own campuses, or start summer writing camps for their students, said Laurie Stowell, a professor of education at the university and director of the writing project.
I would love to go to something like this.