Advocate for NWP

Advocacy is one of the core social practices of National Writing Project teacher leaders. It may include advocating for policies and practices at the school, district, state, and national level that support good teaching and learning. It might also include advocating for teachers to have access to the kinds of support, including high quality professional learning, that helps them to do their best work. NWP teacher-leaders also advocate for efforts that work towards equity in various ways, including writing or taking action with and for students, families, communities, and/or professionals who have been marginalized or who face systemic barriers.

Advocacy can include writing or speaking activities, service on committees or policy review boards, or meeting directly with policy-makers or legislators. It might also include hosting a legislator in your classroom or Writing Project event, educating policy-makers or families in your home district, or publishing to advocate for the profession.

On March 20, 2019, Writing Project leaders from across the country met with Members of Congress in their home district. Building on our long tradition of traveling to Capitol Hill, NWP coordinated its first “In-district Advocacy Day” instead of a trip to Washington, DC.

Through visits to district offices, Writing Project teachers and leaders had an opportunity to share the work of their local site with legislators and staff. NWP supported these visits with talking points and additional information on current issues being taken up at the Federal level around education funding and policy. For more information, email us at

If you participated in these events, fill out the form below to receive your badge!