The Aiken Writing Project Invitational Leadership Institute is a 3-hour graduate course (EDTE A610) 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!
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.
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 $800 per trunk. The trunks are funded through the Aiken Sunrise Rotary Club and the Center of Excellence in Middle-level, Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching (CE-MIST).
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 :
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)