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This article reports on an effective yearlong seminar for college faculty, to help them develop confidence and skills in teaching writing across disciplines. Faculty explored teaching methods, and—crucially—developed empathy for students' struggles with the writing process. Student writing improved significantly in classes taught by participating faculty, over the course of the academic year.

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Why is it important?

Writing is essential in all disciplines, yet college instructors seldom have opportunities for professional development in writing instruction. Furthermore, many faculty have little experience teaching writing. Effective writing instruction is more than implementing 'best practices' -- when instructors are able to put themselves in the shoes of student writers, they are better prepared to support students' growth as writers.

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This page is a summary of: Designing Professional Learning to Support Student Success: Lessons from the Faculty Writing Fellows Seminar, College Teaching, September 2018, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/87567555.2018.1483316.
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