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UW’s Green helped lead summer writing workshop at Simpson Street Free Press

September 07, 2016

UW-Madison’s Deidre Green spent this  past summer helping lead a writing workshop with the Simpson Street Free Press, The Capital Times reports.

Green is pursuing her master’s degree from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The UW-Madison Master of Science for Teaching program will also give Green dual certification in secondary teaching and English as a Second Language.

The Capital Times report, by Enjoyiana Nururdin, begins: “The Wisconsin Idea is alive and well in south Madison. I see it working in my own neighborhood. That philosophy, ‘that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom,’ is at work at the Simpson Street Free Press’ summer writing workshop.  Simpson Street Free Press is an organization known for its literacy-based approach to after-school and summer academics. This summer, like all summers, all six of the Free Press publications hum with activity. Student writers explore science, history, geography and books. They write and edit extensively.”

Green coordinated this year’s summer writing workshop program for the Simpson Street Free Press. The initiative is designed to tackle the so-called “summer slide.”

“Our connections to local colleges and the university helps us deliver the high-quality, one-on-one academic support that really helps kids,” Green tells the Cap Times. “In turn we are very successful at preparing college-ready high school graduates.”

The Capital Times reports: “In recent years, Simpson Street staff has developed programs that support Dual Language Immersion students and English Language Learners. Many students write in both English and Spanish. Two of Simpson Street’s family of newspapers are bilingual publications. Each uses curriculum designed to support school-day performance. That curriculum will be recognized again this fall when Wisconsin’s school superintendent, Tony Evers, presents a ‘Friend of Education’ award to Simpson Street Free Press.”

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