Author: Rick VanDeWeghe
Summary: This article describes the Denver Writing Project’s three-year professional development model used in partnership with several local schools/districts. In the first year, the site builds local capacity through teacher study groups, then transitions to site-sponsored professional development related to the topics researched by the study groups during the first year. The third year of the partnership is dictated by local school needs, with some schools starting new teacher study groups and some continuing with professional development through demonstration lessons or other means. Those starting new partnerships would be well-served to explore the document in its entirety, but a specific focus on setting and making explicit the goals for the program (p.2) and the expectations of participants and facilitators (p.2-3) may be especially useful.
Original Source: National Writing Project, http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/download/nwp_file/10669/Sites%20in%20Action_The%20Denver%20Writing%20Project%20Trinal-FINAL.pdf?x-r=pcfile_d