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This profile was last updated on 7/30/15  and contains information from public web pages.

Founding Director

Milwaukee Writing Project

Employment History

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Stenhouse Publishers: Author Biographies, 30 July 2015 [cached]
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Jim's been teaching teachers in unusual settings for thirty years. As founding director of the Milwaukee Writing Project, he works directly with teachers and schools. Through the Parent Project, he directs parent-teacher leadership projects in Milwaukee and Chicago. The project was cited in President Clinton's America Reads Challenge as one of six parents-as-first-teachers national models.
He was selected as a senior Fulbright Scholar to Sri Lanka from 1993 through 1996 in curriculum development. Between 2004 and 2006 he worked with parent-teacher leadership teams in Iwate, Japan. "I believe in experiential learning, community building, and lots of inward and outward travel. I've been around the world six times."
He is on the faculties of Carroll College and the Walloon Institute. Jim travels widely in order to learn firsthand about other cultures and English language learning and teaching around the world.
He is an advocate for native art and has organized major exhibitions of children's writing, drawing, and sculpture. "I believe people learn by doing and reflecting on results," Jim says.
Walloon Institute partnered with Heinemann Workshops, 8 Aug 2011 [cached]
Jim Vopat, More Than Bake Sales and micro lessons in writing
Jim Vopat, founder and director of the Milwaukee Writing Project, teaches writing and literature at Carroll College. He is coauthor of What Makes Writing Good (DC Heath & Co.) and author of The Parent Project (Stenhouse). A workshop approach to parent-teacher collaboration, The Parent Project was cited in President Clinton's "America Reads" Challenge as one of six parents as first teachers national models. An advocate for naïve art, Jim has organized major exhibitions of children's writing, drawing, painting, and sculpture. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in curriculum development to Sri Lanka from 1993-96 and currently directs the Midwest Parent Leadership Project. In summers, Jim is a faculty member of the Walloon Institute, where he leads workshops for progressive educators and parent leaders from around the country.
Writing Circles by James Vopat - Heinemann Publishing, 24 Dec 2010 [cached]
James Vopat, Carroll College
ISBN 978-0-325-01746-4 / 0-325-01746-8 / 2009 / 208pp / Paperback
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Listen to a podcast with Jim Vopat and Harvey "Smokey" Daniels.
If literature circles work with your readers, Jim Vopat has exciting news: peer-led small groups are just as effective with writers.
Vopat helps you get started with circles and shows how they can help you achieve instructional goals. He includes step-by-step guidance for implementation and assessment, activities that make management smooth, and minilessons that scaffold growth in skills, topic selection, and craft.
"Jim Vopat offers a comprehensive and practical guide on how to get the ideal writing classroom up and running with writing circles. In essence, Vopat has taken the idea of literature circles and applied it to the writing classroom. Writing circles bridge the gap found in the traditional writing workshop between direct instruction and independent work: collaborative learning. Vopat also provides helpful suggestions and forms to get your writing circles started and on track, some of which are similar to the role sheets found in literature circles.
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School Improvement Zone holds Parent Conference, 1 June 2005 [cached]
James Vopat, founder and director of the Milwaukee Writing Project, and Professor of Writing and Literature, Carroll College will keynote the conference luncheon.Vopat also is the author of ,The Parent Project., The conference is part of the District,s summer institute, where School Improvement Zone parents have the opportunity to take courses on topics such as computer and family literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages.
Jim Vopat has been teaching ..., 5 April 2014 [cached]
Jim Vopat has been teaching teachers in unusual settings for thirty years. As founding director of the Milwaukee Writing Project, he works directly with teachers and schools.
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