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Our Mission...

The mission of the Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute is to improve writing and learning in Mississippi schools.

Since its inception in 1985, the mission of the Institute has been to transform education for students and teachers in Mississippi by implementing the mission and goals of the National Writing Project (NWP). As affiliate sites of the NWP, we share their mission to improve the teaching of writing and improve learning in the nation's schools. Through our professional development model, we recognize the primary importance of teacher knowledge, expertise, and leadership. MWTI and NWP believe access to high-quality educational experiences is a basic right of all learners and a cornerstone of equity. We seek to promote exemplary instruction of writing in every classroom through our extensive network of teachers in Mississippi. MWTI and NWP value diversity-our own as well as that of the students, their families, and their communities. The Institute recognizes that lives and practices are enriched by interaction with diversities of race, gender, class, ethnicity, and language.

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The Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute offers what Mississippi teachers need most to help their students:

* High quality professional development that blends best practices and theory
* Research-based, sustained programs aligned with state and national standards
* Outstanding teacher consultants who serve as teachers of their colleagues.

The Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute is an affiliate of the National Writing Project.

30th Anniversary - The Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute celebrated its 30th Anniversary in the spring of 2015 by holding a reception for the two ladies that created the organization and secured funding for setting up writing projects at Mississippi universities. A reminiscent reception was held to honor Dr. Sandra Burkett Price and Dr. Sherry Swain for their forward thinking and the accomplishments of the writing projects over those 30 years in operation. Numerous teachers and university personnel were there to make remarks and thank the founders.