Get WITS in YOUR School!

Posted October 10, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Writers in the Schools (WITS) is offering a second price reduction for qualifying schools.Through a generous donation from the Simmons Foundation, Writers in the Schools (WITS) announces a second price reduction for the 2011-2012 school year. The new price—which is nearly half of last year’s fee—is available for Title 1 schools with 60% or more students eligible for the free/reduced lunch plan.  The discount is available on a first-come first-served basis.

Why consider WITS?  Research has shown that students who complete the WITS program perform better on standardized tests than their counterparts.  Over 10 years of data collected by University of St. Thomas Professor Dr. Carl Scott indicates that students who complete the WITS program demonstrate:

  • improved writing skills
  • greater self-efficacy, and
  • higher test scores

than those who did not participate in the program.  In a new study called “The Effect of Creative Learning on Student Achievement” by the Houston Arts Partners found that WITS students maintain:

  • Increased attendance
  • Better behavior in school

If you choose WITS for your school, we will tailor the project to fit your needs..  The cost of the program includes:

  • Professional writers who teach the writing process from a practitioner’s expert point of view
  • Bilingual writing teachers (upon request)
  • Optional field trip to a local art museum or other cultural venue, and
  • Publications of student writing free-of-charge for every participating student.
The discount for Title 1 Schools with 60%+ free lunch students are:
Full year           $1,000/classroom        (compared to last year, $1,800/classroom)
Half year           $500/classroom           (compared to last year, $900/classroom)
Typically we serve several classrooms in each weekly visit. For more information, please contact WITS Associate Director Long Chu (713.523.3877 or [email protected]) for more information.

5 Reasons to Get WITS in your School

Posted August 10, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

WITS Writer Dr. Melanie Malinowski and her student Deandrea Stevens at this year's Blooms reading.

5) Students gain self-esteem through authorship and public performances.

4)  In 10 years of data, WITS students show marked improvement in literacy skills and higher standardized test scores.

3) We tailor the project to match your students’ needs and your school’s budget.

2) WITS in-services and professional development workshops have changed teachers’ lives.

1) WITS is ranked the #1 literary program in Texas by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Call Writers in the Schools today at 713-523-3877 or email Long Chu at [email protected] to sign up for the 2011-2012 school year.