2016 Stegner Young Scholar's Writing Institute
The Stegner Young Scholars Writing Institute (Stegner Writing Institute) celebrates eight years in partnership between the College of Education-Urban Institute for Teacher Education (COE-UITE) and the Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) with Co-Directors, Monica Ferguson and Laura Scarpulla. This annual program invites 60 secondary students and 12-15 English Language Arts teachers to two-weeks of immersion in daily 4-hour writing workshops followed by afternoon professional development for teachers. The inspiration for participants is influenced by the life and literary legacy of Wallace Stegner.
Institute faculty from the COE-UITE and SLCSD support participants in a stimulating and challenging, social environment to learn and refine the art of effective argumentative writing and writing instruction. During the 10-days, students experience college life and discover the power of writing by increasing achievement as writers while teachers fine-tune teaching skills. The Stegner Writing Institute’s research-based approach applies best-practices for strategic and process writing. The targeted outcomes are to (a) increase achievement for the participant writers and teachers of writing, and (b) provide an engaging academic outreach experience that supports students to become college-bound for the University of Utah. Students publish their well-supported and researched essays in the publication of the Stegner Writing Institute, Our Voices, which is disseminated to community leaders across the Wasatch front. This program is made possible by generous support from the University of Utah College of Education, the SLCSD, and The Salt Lake Education Foundation.