National Writing Project

NWP Directors to Gather in Colorado

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 6, No. 2
Date: March-April 2001

Summary: The Annual NWP Directors retreat offers directors and co-directors a chance to learn from each other and discuss the issues and challenges of running writing project a site.


There's still time to join National Writing Project site directors and co-directors who will be making their way to the Rocky Mountains for their annual summer retreat. With a little more than a month left before the registration deadline, interested parties can still sign on for the sixth annual NWP Directors Retreat, which will be held once again at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, May 30–June 3, 2001.

At the Directors Retreat, "directors and co-directors offer knowledge and questions from individual sites as fodder for strengthening not only local sites but the national network as well," said Sherry Swain, Mississippi State University Writing/Thinking Project director. Likening the Directors Retreat to NWP's summer institute, she added, "The retreat is the NWP's commitment to extend to site leadership the same risk-free learning environment that sites provide to teacher-consultants."

Each year, the retreat brings together a diverse group of new and experienced directors. Regardless of experience level, participants quickly discover their mutual interests and concerns as they explore the NWP model and core values, the challenges of site administration, and site roles in local, state, and national school reform. In four days of networking, reflective practice, learning, and writing with their peers, participants cover topics such as:

  • developing site relationships to host and funding agencies
  • cultivating teacher leadership
  • building site capacity
  • fostering professional conversations at sites.

The registration deadline for the Directors Retreat is April 28, 2001, and attendance is limited to 30 participants. For more information, call the NWP office at (510) 642-0963, link to the NWP Web site, or email Sherry Swain at, or Jim Davis at

Read about last year's retreat:

Rocky Mountain Retreat Inspires NWP Directors

Back to Basics—Assumptions, That Is

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