Get WITS in YOUR School!

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October 10, 2011 by WITS Editor


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 for more information.


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Writers in the Schools (WITS)

Writers in the Schools (WITS) is the #1 arts education organization in Texas. With 80 writers and educators on staff, WITS reaches over 23,000 students a year in classrooms, community centers, museums, parks, and hospitals.

The glory of WITS is best expressed by the students--in their own words -- so this blog features essays, stories, and poems that were created by K-12 students in our program. All material (c) Writers in the Schools 2007-2013. If you wish to republish this work, please credit both the organization and the author and link back to this site. This material may not be used in commercial ventures of any kind.

Supporting WITS will help bring the pleasure and power of reading and writing to more Houston children helping to improve writing skills, build confidence, raise test scores, and enhance creativity.

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