What we do
The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners.
In 2015, 185 Writing Project sites, based in universities nationwide, supported
3,000 new teacher leaders who joined a network that worked with
80,000 colleagues in classrooms and
2,000 adult leaders in museums, libraries, national parks, youth programs, and more
to strengthen thinking and writing among more than 1.4M students (pre-K through college).
How we do it
In 2015, Writing Projects in all 50 states revitalized teachers and built their leadership skills through the core work of summer institutes, on-site coaching, and local networks. More targeted programs achieved such aims as reaching teachers in rural communities and exploring the intersections of sciences and literacy.
How we do it
Supporting Teacher Leaders
Our core work identifies and supports great teacher leaders. Summer Institutes mix it up, bringing together experienced teachers of different disciplines and expanding the local cadre of teachers able to support their peers in pursuing educational excellence. Every year inspired teachers then lead additional programs such as Intersections, supporting teachers in creating places where science and literacy meet, whether in classrooms, museums or summer camps.
“NWP did for me what I hopefully do for my students: Allow me to say with confidence, ‘I am a writer!’” — Daniel Laird, teacher leader, Red Cedar Writing Project, Michigan State University
NWP’s online networks, research, and national outreach continue to support educators’ enormous creativity.
NWP has become a valued resource for educators everywhere. In 2015, 24,000 downloads from NWP Radio and 99,000 minutes of video viewed sparked new conversations in classrooms.
Our news and resources reached 2.6M people on Twitter and
714,000 people on Facebook.
“Something I've learned from NWP: teacher leaders = network of change makers.” — Jessica Early, Director, Central Arizona Writing Project, Arizona State University
How we do it
College-Ready Writers Program
Through the NWP's College-Ready Writers Program, for example, teacher leaders worked with language arts teachers in rural districts to hone students' skills in written argument. An independent evaluation found that the research-based CRWP had a positive, statistically significant effect on students’ writing, which demonstrated greater proficiency in the quality of reasoning and use of evidence.
Over two years, the College-Ready Writers Program engaged approximately 400 teachers, grades 7–10
in teaching approximately 25,000 students
in 44 high-need, rural school districts
in 10 states.
Students in CRWP district Outscored students in control districts on four attributes of writing.
“This evaluation of teacher professional development is one of the largest and most rigorous to find evidence of an impact on student academic outcomes.” — Gallagher, H.A., Woodworth, K.R., and Arshan, N.A. (2015). Impact of the National Writing Project’s College-Ready Writers Program on Teachers and Students. Menlo Park, CA: SRI International.
Where we work
More than 180 university-based sites connect teachers nationwide to networks, resources, and research.