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National Writing Project
At a Glance
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The National Writing Project (NWP) is a nationwide network of educators working together to improve the teaching of writing in the nation’s schools and in other settings. NWP is the only literacy-focused national organization with the capacity to provide high-quality, locally defined and delivered professional development to improve writing on a national scale. NWP reaches teachers in a variety of disciplines and at all levels, from early childhood through university. Through its nearly 200 university-based sites serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the National Writing Project develops the leadership, programs, and research needed for teachers to help students become successful writers and learners.
Impact and Outcomes
NWP sustains and retains high-quality teachers in education. 77% of teachers who participate in NWP’s intensive leadership professional development remain in the classroom for at least two years following the Invitational Institute and 97% remain in the field of education. On average, teachers who participate in the Invitational Institute teach for 22.7 years.
NWP prepares and engages teachers in leadership roles. Writing Project participants who leave the classroom go on to play a variety of leadership roles in education with 3.2% becoming school administrators, 3.1% playing district leadership roles, and 11% working in higher education, often in teacher education.
NWP professional development creates a positive impact on students’ writing achievement, a key skill for college and career. 17 studies, including one randomized experiment, demonstrate the positive impact of NWP’s programs on student writing achievement in high-need schools from different geographic regions, at different grade levels, and in urban, rural, and suburban areas. Students in classrooms where teachers participated in NWP professional development showed small to medium size gains when compared with students in similar classrooms.
What Major Funders Say
National Writing Project has been designated for a US Department of Education Invest in Innovation (i3) Award pending their ability to secure 10% of their budget request from private sources. They must raise $1,494,885 by December 7, 2012 to receive the 9:1 match in federal dollars.