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A Guide to Creating Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Grades 6–12, Revised Edition

Richard Kent

A Guide to Creating Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Grades 612, Revised Edition is a how-to and, ultimately, a why-to book for middle school and high school educators as well as for English/language arts teacher candidates and their methods instructors. This revised and updated International Writing Centers Association 2006 Book of the Year shows writing centers as places where writers work with each other in an effort to develop ideas, discover a thesis, overcome procrastination, create an outline, or revise a draft. Ultimately, writing centers help students become more effective writers. Visit any college or university in the United States and chances are there is a writing center available to students, staff, and community members. Writing centers support students and busy teachers while emphasizing and supporting writing across the curriculum.


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Twenty-five years later, it’s still true that my first writing center staff at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, Maine, helped me to realize the possibilities of a student-staffed writing center and the promise of a high school English classroom. Your Loving English Teacher will always be thankful to Amy Law Goodwin, Amy Welch-Whissen, Craig Dickson, Chris Larsen, Dave Kasregis, Erin Adams Gurney, Jamie Ippolito, Janet Currie, Kathy MacDougall Oldakowski, Matt Irish, Matt Gaudet, Mike Gawtry, and Scott Marchildon. Writing is a social affair and that’s never more evident than when one takes on a book. For this second edition, I thank Amber Jensen and Andrew Jeter for their energetic work in the writing center world and for their con- tributions to this book. Co-founders and directors of the Foxcroft Academy Writing Center (ME) Bridget Wright and Nicholas Miller opened the door to their new writing center and thoughtfully answered my many questions. So did Jeffrey Austin at Skyline High School (MI), Shawna Schneiderman at Renaissance High School (ID), Carolyn Youngbauer at White Bear Lake Area High School (MN), Renee Brown at Peters Township Middle School (PA), Cassandra Brownlow of George Washington University Online High School, Maggie Shea at Minnetonka High School (MN), Jeanne Sturges at Souhegan High School (NH), and many others. Thanks also to my UMaine xiv a guide to creating student-staffed writing centers students who joined me in interviewing and researching: Christopher St. Peter, Amanda Rose, Madeline Kelly, and Emily Dyer. In the first edition of this...

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