Friday, April 20, 2012

EMWP Family Literacy Initiative: Reaching Out Across NWP Sites to Invite Parents In

Kimberly Pavlock, TC ‘92

On Saturday, May 19, Teacher Consultants representing Writing Project sites from across the state and the Midwest will come together on the campus of Eastern Michigan University for the EMWP Family Literacy Regional Training Institute.

During the Institute, we will provide background information about the Family Literacy Initiative (FLI) and model two different workshops for Institute participants: “How to Help Your Child Write: A Workshop for Parents” and “Make Way for Writing: A Family Writing Workshop.” We will also answer questions about training TCs as presenters, marketing the FLI, and ideas for further outreach opportunities. At the end of the day, we will lead attendees through a series of prompts to help them think about ways they might be able to encourage parent involvement and promote family literacy at their own schools and Writing Project sites.

The Institute will meet from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Room 300 Halle Library. Because money is tight for Writing Project sites across the country, we are charging just $75 per person to attend. Breakfast and lunch are included. EMWP TCs interested in attending are only asked to pay $10 to help cover the cost of food. If you haven’t looked at our Family Literacy workshop offerings lately, please take a moment to check them out at We have a number of new opportunities now available including “Writing Across Generations: A Workshop for Elementary Students and their Grandparents” and “Family Writing Fun Night” which provides students and their families with a variety of engaging and fun writing activities/stations to take part in together.

If you would to register for the FLI Regional Training Institute or have questions about the event, please contact Kim Pavlock at or Cathy Fleischer at

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