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Drew Writing Project receives grant to promote humanities
The grant will fund a local project on historical and artefactual literacies
The grant will fund the DWP’s “Rethinking the Narrative: Historical Knowledge and Artifacts and Museum Conservation” project, carried out in partnership with the Museum of Early Crafts and Crafts in Madison, Drew’s hometown.
“This grant allows us to showcase the great work of DWP and DLC teachers who are committed to building literacy in K-12 students,” said Kristen Turner, teacher and director of the teacher training. “By partnering with the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, we connect with downtown Madison and promote humanities education, a hallmark of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.”
The Rethinking the Narrative project seeks to develop and present a fuller range of stories of the American experience by incorporating the perspectives and lived experiences of individuals from historically underrepresented groups.
To achieve this goal, teachers will be trained to develop historical and artefactual literacy in students from underserved populations and engage their students in creating their own narratives about museum objects, providing content for future exhibits and programs. for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
The grant is in addition to $20,000 the National Writing Project has provided to DWP to become a national leader in site development.
The DWP, founded in 2018, is a site of the National Writing Project and has more than 100 trained consultant teachers in its network. The DWP provides professional development through school partnerships to approximately 200 teachers per year.