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NMSU Borderlands Writing Project to show New Mexico teachers? value

New Mexico State University?s Borderlands Writing Project will showcase teachers from the southwest region of New Mexico during the ?Teachers Write? exhibit from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 in the Roadrunner Room at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in Las Cruces.

View of the Organ Mountains with snow
Photo taken by Patti Wojahn of the Organ mountains draped in snow as part of the ?Teachers Write? series. Photos, writing and other works will be displayed on Oct. 1 at the Branigan Library. (Courtesy photo)
The group with J. Paul Taylor in his home.
Teachers joined local community leader J. Paul Taylor in his historic home as part of last year?s tour of Mesilla.

?Teachers Write? provided professional development during the 2015-2016 school year for teachers interested in sharing and gaining experience in writing and photography while reinforcing their love for teaching.

The exhibit of teachers? writing and photography is open to the public and is a way to share how teachers see and interact with the world through work. The program also will include a documentary that gives insight into what teachers did and learned during the process, followed by a community conversation with a question and answer session.

?One focus of our event is to show teachers and their value,? said Patti Wojahn, department head for interdisciplinary studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Borderlands Writing Project. ?It?s about the work they do, even on weekends, to support their own learning; the sharing they do of strategies that work to support learning among their students; the amount of care they bring to their classrooms.?

Borderlands Writing Project is part of the National Writing Project, a national professional development organization focused on the teaching of writing. Their aim is to build on the strengths teachers already have through a ?teachers teaching teachers? model. Exhibits like ?Teachers Write? allow the larger community to see the many talents and abilities that New Mexico teachers bring not only to the classroom, but also to the community.

For more information about Teacher?s Write or the Borderlands Writing Project, visit https://english.nmsu.edu/organizations/borderlands-writing-project/ or contact Patti Wojahn at pwojahn@nmsu.edu.