Rahway Teacher Serves as Co-Director of Kean University Writing Project

Kim Kiefer and Debra Maller working on lessons for future in-service workshops at Rahway High School. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)

RAHWAY — Kim Kiefer, an English teacher at Rahway High School, also applies her professional skills at the district and university levels. She is advisor to the Rahway district literary journal, Ex Animo, teaches two English composition classes at Kean University, and is co-director of the Kean University Writing Project.

Kean’s Writing Project is a regional site of the National Writing Project (NWP), a federally funded network with over 250 sites across the country. The mission of the National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners. Co-directed by faculty from the local university and from K–12 schools, local sites work in partnership with area school districts to offer high-quality professional development programs for educators.

Named by the U.S. Department of Education as a recommended Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Program, the NWP is especially effective in developing networks that support teachers as they become leaders in their schools and in their communities.

One activity of Kean’s Writing Project is the Summer Institute, where the institute staff provides extensive grounding in theory; best practices for teaching writing; protocols for designing, presenting, and reflecting on classroom lessons; models for building and working with collaborative teams; and personalized coaching and one-on-one mentoring. Invited teachers receive instruction, six graduate credits and a stipend. Rahway High School teachers who have participated in this Institute include Christine McNicholas and Debra Maller; teachers from the Rahway Middle School and elementary schools have also been Institute participants.

In addition to the Institute, the Kean Writing Project also creates in-service workshops at various school districts including Passaic, Jersey City, and Garfield.

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