BCDS Teacher Selected for Prestigious Fellowship Program

Posted on: May 20th, 2016 by admin

gretchen_headshotGretchen Mathews, a middle school language arts teacher at Bi-Cultural Day School, has recently been selected to participate in the Connecticut Writing Project Summer Institute, the highly acclaimed writing program offered to teachers and writers.

The Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University, an affiliate of the National Writing Project, is dedicated to improving students’ writing abilities by strengthening the teaching and learning of writing, providing professional development programs for classroom teachers, and expanding the professional roles of teachers. The Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) is a month-long, professional development program which includes workshops and courses for teachers in southern Connecticut and southeastern New York State. It is designed by teachers and writers for teachers and writers, with the goal of increasing literacy leadership, knowledge, and expertise in the classroom. Each participant is required to create a unique writing workshop for use in their own school setting or at another school within the writing project network.

Mathews, who is one of about a dozen teachers and writers selected from a large pool of candidates, said, “I am thrilled to become part of a network of educators dedicated to improving literacy across the country and excited to learn new methods to more effectively teach writing at Bi-Cultural Day School.”