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Drew Writing Project Receives Grant to Promote Humanities

Grant will fund local project on historical and artifactual literacies
March 2022 – Drew University’s Drew Writing Project (DWP) and Digital Literacies Collaborative (DLC) have received a $50,000 grant as part of the National Writing Project’s Building a More Perfect Union program, which helps humanities organizations recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant will fund the DWP’s “Rethinking the Narrative: Historical and Artifactual Literacies and Museum Curation” project, done in partnership with the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in Drew’s hometown of Madison.

“This grant allows us to showcase the great work of DWP and DLC teachers, who are committed to developing K-12 students’ literacies,” said Kristen Turner, professor and director of teacher education. “By partnering with the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, we connect with downtown Madison and promote education in humanities, a hallmark of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.”

The “Rethinking the Narrative” project seeks to develop and present a fuller range of stories of the American experience by incorporating the perspectives and lived experiences of individuals from historically underrepresented groups.

To achieve this goal, teachers will be trained to develop historical and artifactual literacies in students from underserved populations and engage their students in creating their own narratives about museum objects, providing content for future exhibits and programming for K-12 students.

The grant adds to the $20,000 the National Writing Project has provided the DWP to become a national leader in site development.

The DWP, founded in 2018, is a site of the National Writing Project and has more than 100 trained Teacher Consultants in its network. The DWP provides professional development through school partnerships to approximately 200 teachers per year.

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