The Writers Room® Program

Community-based Writing Coaches

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Edgar School Writers' Room™

Marcia Holtzman, Director

Call for Coaches!

To: Families and Friends of Metuchen Students

You are invited to become a member of the Writers' Room staff!
Join us for one or two hours a week as a writing coach in Edgar School classrooms.

Learn More About Us
In 2002, the district embarked on a promising, new writing instruction project in our middle school. The program, known as The Writers' Room, involves parents and other community members as the key components. As volunteer coaches, they provide assistance to students with their classroom writing assignments on a regular basis. Modeled on a program which was developed in Montclair, our Writers' Room has been adapted to meet the particular needs of Edgar School.

Typically, our program includes a cadre of 15 to 20 active coaches, participating in about 15 classrooms. Our goals for the future are for most of the students in grades 5 through 8 to participate in Writers' Room on a weekly basis.

The Edgar School Writers' Room has been very well received by students and parents. In May 200, the Metuchen Board of Education honored us with formal recognition as a new and innovative program. Instructional objectives for the program coincide with those of our model, and are aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. We need additional coaches for the coming school year. You don't have to be an experienced teacher, a professional writer, or a current Middle School parent. An interest in children and the writing process are the only requirements. The average commitment for each volunteer is to come in one day a week for one or more language arts classes. We will be scheduling training sessions for volunteers within the next few weeks. If you would like to join us and can make the commitment, or would just like more information, please contact me by email or through the Edgar School office.

Hoping to hear from you,

Marcia Holtzman