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Mission & History

Our Mission

Our mission is to help prepare all students in the Montana public schools to become confident, competent writers by graduation. We support teachers by recruiting, training and supervising community volunteers who conference individually with every student in the classroom on writing assignments that require critical thinking and revision.

Our History

Since its inception in 1995, Writing Coaches of Montana has grown from an on-site drop-in center in a single school (Hellgate High School), to a classroom-based, teacher-driven program across Western Montana. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Writing Coaches of Montana has expanded its services to offer online coaching to Montana middle and high school students. Adding virtual coaching to our toolkit has allowed us to expand our reach. Now we can meet the needs of schools in geographically remote areas across the state, while still offering in-person options for long-term school partners who have built a local volunteer base.