Program Design

“I’m a Writer”: Essays on the Writing Marathon and Why We Write

Author: Richard Louth Summary: This brief piece describes a book that puts writing—both teachers’ and students’—at the center. The first part focuses on writing marathon how-tos and offers guidelines, planning and facilitation resources, and teachers’ anecdotal experiences of writing in community. The second part of the book includes essays by...

A Guide for Writing Marathon Leaders

Authors: Richard Louth Summary: This in-depth guide, drawn from the book “I’m a Writer”: Essays on the Writing Marathon and Why We Write, covers just about everything needed to organize and run a successful writing marathon. In a writing marathon, small groups write and share their writing as they move...

Changing Times: Adapting the Invitational Summer Institute to an Online Environment

Author: Ken Martin Summary: Ken Martin, director of the Maine WP, shares lessons learned as the site transitioned from a traditional face-to-face summer Invitational Institute to a year round, online institute. This thoughtful and comprehensive study reviews the rationale for moving to an online institute documenting the successes, struggles, and...

Reflection and Practice on Leadership and Facilitation

Summary: This series of scenarios for planning professional development programs can serve as thinking and discussion guides for site leaders working with teacher leaders who are developing and delivering professional development. The scenarios guide leaders through a process of considering multiple brief PD requests, how they would put together a...

Blending Place-Based Education and C3WP in Rural Nebraska: A Focus on Civil Discourse

Author: Robert Brooke, Melissa Legate Summary: This episode in the 4-part series on place-conscious education by the Nebraska Writing Project illustrates how a place-conscious focus can blend with the C3WP emphasis on civic engagement and understanding issues from multiple perspectives.

Integrating Writing Project Practices into a Mandated Program

Author: Bob Fecho Summary: This brief article describes how the San Diego Area Writing Project (SDAWP) created professional development around a mandated writing curriculum. While the idea of a mandated writing curriculum runs counter to NWP principles, the need to support teachers required to use certain materials remains essential. The...

Scaling Up Youth Programs (NWP Radio)

Guests: Mary Buckelew, Carol Minner, and Paul Rogers Summary: Youth programs invite teachers to apply their experience in new contexts including after-school and summer programs with students, families and their local communities. This NWP Radio show features youth program models from three National Writing Project sites. Teachers who are planning...

Developing Leadership and Site Capacity Through Program Evaluation and Research

Author: Paul M. Rogers Summary: This article describes how, supported by a grant to engage in multi-year research into their site’s professional development work in high needs schools, leaders at the South Coast Writing Project gathered and analyzed data from nine teachers and their students…surveys, interviews, classroom observations, and collections...

Investing in the Improvement of Education: Lessons to be Learned from the National Writing Project

Author: Mark St. John, Laura Stokes Summary: This research report examines the impact of the National Writing Project in the context of decades of educational improvement efforts, highlighting the NWP’s success in building durable infrastructure for long-term, sustained school improvement efforts, and arguing that this success serves as a model...

Designing a Writing Retreat and Building Site Leadership on a Small Budget

Author: Nancy Mellin McCracken & Barbara Smith Summary: This article describes the National Writing Project at Kent State University’s journey into the development of a sustainable Professional Writing Retreat that not only supported teachers’ professional writing but also contributed to the development of new site leadership. The goals and priorities...