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Special-Focus Networks

The National Writing Project has created four special-focus networks for sites and teachers across the country that share similar challenges in their classrooms, communities, and sites. Participation and membership is open to all NWP sites.

Leadership teams, comprised of site directors and teacher-consultants, direct each special-focus network. Each team works actively with their members to support sites and teachers in addressing specific goals and concerns. Visit a special-focus network's program page for more information about resources, activities, and discussions.

English Language Learners Network
The English Language Learners (ELL) Network brings together sites and teachers across the country to support teaching and writing of English language learners. The ELL Network is dedicated to bringing education, awareness, and advocacy of English language learners' issues to the forefront of the writing project's work in the teaching of writing.

Rural Sites Network
The Rural Sites Network (RSN) brings together site leaders and teacher-consultants from around the country to explore the complex issue of what it means to teach, work, and learn in a rural context. RSN programs are designed to share rural teachers' work with wider audiences, facilitate cross-site communication, increase sites' capacity to carry out research and programs, and address issues—such as distance and poverty—that affect rural classrooms and communities.

Teacher Inquiry Communities Network
The Teacher Inquiry Communities Network (TIC) links sites interested in developing leadership and resources for teacher inquiry. The network provides support at various stages of the inquiry process, increases the opportunity for sustained dialogue among sites developing teacher research, and expands dissemination opportunities for studies of practice.

Urban Sites Network
The Urban Sites Network (USN) links teachers and sites from writing projects throughout the NWP. The first of NWP's networks, USN has been instrumental in developing methods for fostering teacher leadership and practitioner inquiry at writing project sites. USN members teach in some of the nation's largest urban school districts.



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