Encouraging Participation

How does the High School Writing Center director encourage participation from non-English faculty members?
Ideally, all members of a school's faculty and staff would be supportive of the school's writing center initiatives from the start of the planning process; however, it doesn't always work out that way. Before getting started, it is important to get support of the administration. Then, once things are underway, directors can work on garnering support from colleagues in every academic (and sometimes non-academic) department. The school's librarian can be a good place to start, as well as members of the English department faculty. But for sustaining a center, a writing center needs cross-curricular involvement

A good place to start can be a survey of the writing that takes place in classrooms throughout the school and by working with tutors and/or teachers who specialize in those areas. For example, if students seem to be having trouble writing lab reports, ask science teachers for a few students who might excel in that area and ask them to be part of the center's peer tutoring program. And through a survey of this kind, it might become obvious that a school's writing center may need to take on additional responsibilities. Jennifer Wells' Mercy High School in Burlingame, CA needed to add an element of critical reading to its tutoring duties and many secondary school centers - especially those in lower-income areas - have started working in computer labs, showing students how to use computers as part of the writing process. It is imperative that the writing center's director knows his or her own school and community and caters to those particular needs.
We are cross curricular. We are soliciting models and rubrics from teachers in all disciplines, and want the kids able to conference with students about writing from all subjects. 
-- Bill McCabe, lead teacher for the Writing Center at Lake Braddock Secondary School

The type of writing for a science FRQ or a Lab Report is much different than an English essay - no intro, body, conclusion needed. Simple declarative sentences linked together clearly showing an understanding of cause-effect relationships.
-- Jason Switzer, Lake Braddock Secondary School science teacher describing what he looks for in his writing assignments