“WITS improves student writing, confidence, test scores, and creative self-expression.”

Carl Scott, PhD
University of St. Thomas Evaluation Expert

 

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Writers in the Schools (WITS) has brought creativity and literacy to Houston schools for 34 years. WITS provides renowned creative writing workshops taught by professional authors, producing a culture of writers, storytellers, and performers in K-12 schools. We provide long-term writing workshops during the school day, aligning with ELA, Social Studies and CTE core content. WITS students develop critical thinking and communication skills. WITS teachers experience collaborative coaching that fuels innovative learning for students.

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    Creative Icon WITS CREATIVE

    24 contact hours

    • Proven, TEKS-aligned creative writing for K-12 students taught by professional writers                                (bilingual available)
    • Experiential learning field trip to cultural or environmental venue (3 class minimum)
    • Classroom anthology or portfolio for each student
    • Opportunities to showcase student work publicly
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    Cost

    • Public schools pay less than half of the total cost
    • Limited sliding scale discounts for Title 1 schools with 60% free and reduced lunch
    • Programs can be paid through PTA or existing school funds (i.e., Title 1)

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    Performance Icon WITS Performance

    24 contact hours

    • Page-to-stage creative writing workshops for youth sharpen communication skills and explore social issues
    • Student performances enhance leadership development and civic engagement
    • Opportunity for school to host slam tournament
    • Student opportunities to participate in city-wide slams or showcases
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    Cost

    • Public schools pay less than half of the total cost
    • Limited sliding scale discounts for Title 1 schools with 60% free and reduced lunch
    • Programs can be paid through PTA or existing school funds (i.e., Title 1)

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    Digital Icon WITS Digital

    24 contact hours

    • DSC_0066STEM and IB-aligned digital writing workshops promote creative problem solving, media literacy, collaboration, and systems thinking
    • Students bring original stories and poems to life through digital platforms and game design
    • Class celebration and writing portfolio for each student

     

    Cost

    • Public schools pay less than half of the total cost
    • Limited sliding scale discounts for Title 1 schools with 60% free and reduced lunch

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    Collaborative Icon  WITS Collaborative 

    up to 50 contact hours

    • Research-based, job-embedded coaching for teachers through Professional Learning Communities
    • Training includes writing experiences, lesson planning, and co-teaching
    • 6 hours of TAGT-approved credit and 12 hours of TEA-approved credit

     

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    Cost

    • Programs can be paid through PTA or existing school funds (i.e., Title 2)

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