Aiken Writing Project Leadership Institute (EDTE 610)

August 17-October 12, 2016

Aiken Elementary School

Deadline to Apply : May 20, 2016

The Aiken Writing Project Summer Institute 2016 is a 3-hour graduate course (EDTE 610) contracted by Aiken County Public Schools. This course has been approved by the State of South Carolina Department of Education to meet the requirements for Read to Succeed Content Area Reading and Writing for Early Childhood and Elementary Teachers (R2S#16-4054). Tuition and books are free!

Application (2016)

Syllabus (Fall 2016)

Read to Succeed

SC Department of Education logo

In June 2014, the South Carolina General Assembly passed Act 284 (Read to Succeed) as a monumental step toward closing the state’s achievement gap and increasing opportunities for all students in South Carolina. The goal of Read to Succeed is to ensure all students graduate from high school with the reading and writing skills they need to be college and career-ready.

About the Aiken Writing Project

National Writing Project

The Aiken Writing Project is a National Writing Project (NWP) site. NWP sites focus on the core mission of improving the teaching of writing and improving the use of writing across the disciplines by offering high-quality professional development programs for educators in their service areas, at all grade levels, K–16 and across the curriculum. NWP sites share a national program model that includes :

  • developing a leadership cadre of local teachers who have participated in invitational summer institutes in the teaching of writing
  • delivering customized inservice programs for local schools and institutions
  • providing continuing education and research opportunities for teachers

National Writing Project

Recommended Resources

Classroom Resources and Professional Development

Interactive Writing Prompts for K-12

South Carolina State Council of the International Reading Association (SCIRA)

South Carolina Council of Teachers of English (SCCTE)

CE-MIST/Aiken Writing Project Traveling Interdisciplinary Literacy Trunks (TILTS)

Traveling Interdisciplinary Literacy Trunks (TILTs) are teacher-designed, interdisciplinary units of study that are aligned with academic standards from multiple content areas with an emphasis on writing across the curriculum. Teachers compete annually to develop grade-level units and purchase instructional materials with a budget of $600 to $800 per trunk. The trunks are funded through the Center of Excellence in Middle-level, Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching (CE-MIST) and the Aiken Writing Project.

Contact Us

Aiken Writing Project

USC Aiken School of Education
471 University Parkway, Box 28
Aiken, SC 29801


Program Coordinators

Contact any of us with questions or concerns.

Deborah McMurtrie

Dr. Deborah McMurtrie


Lynne Rhodes

Dr. Lynne Rhodes