Anne-Marie Hall was nominated for the 2006 Community Leadership Award for the Arizona Women's Conference. Dr. Anne-Marie Hall is an educator and community leader with enormous influence in Arizona. She serves as Director of the Writing Program at The University of Arizona, where her duties include teacher training for instructors who deliver instruction to 15,000 undergraduate writing students. Additionally, for the past thirteen years she has directed the Southern Arizona Writing Project (SAWP). This is an affiliate of the National Writing Project (NWP), an award-winning professional development program for teachers from Kindergarten through University (K-16). NWP’s mission is to improve teaching of writing in America's schools. SAWP, which serves five counties and more than seventy school districts in Southern Arizona, has been recognized by NWP as an exemplary site. SAWP offers over twenty-five separate programs serving educators in Southern Arizona. Thousands of teachers in Arizona schools have been impacted by these programs.
For several years, Hall helped run the Portfolio Project, in which high school and college teachers read high school students’ writing portfolios for placement in college Composition classes. This time-intensive method of placement offered students and teachers feedback from well-trained professionals. Another of Hall’s projects offers cash prizes to student essays written at high schools with underrepresented populations in the University. She also convened a committee on Social Justice and Equity in Assessment, a local group of K-16 teachers who work to critique or develop equitable writing assessments. Hall’s work with the Arizona English Teachers Association (AETA), NWP and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), including hosting regional conferences and serving in a variety of leadership roles, helped her recruit SAWP teacher-consultants for AETA, NWP and NCTE leadership positions.
Dr. Hall is an accomplished educator and an exceptional leader. Her ability to inspire her colleagues and energize them to action has had an important impact on those with whom she works.