National Writing Project

NWP Welcomes Eight New Sites

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

Summary: A list of eight new writing project sites, and an overview of the application process.


Once again, it's time to recognize the newest additions to the National Writing Project's network of sites. Although new sites were officially accepted last fall, The Voice announces them here to both celebrate and welcome them to the ever-growing network of the National Writing Project.

This year's new sites and their directors include:

Sun Belt Writing Project at Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama
Alison I. Whyte, Director

UC Merced Writing Project at the University of California
Merced, California
Pauline Sahakian, Director

Florida Gulf Coast Writing Project at Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Meyers, Florida
Patricia B. Wachholz, Director

Georgia Southern Writing Project at Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, Georgia
Kathy Albertson, Director

Meadow Brook Writing Project at Oakland University
Rochester, Michigan
Ronald A. Sudol, Director

Live Oak Writing Project at the University of Southern Mississippi
Long Beach, Mississippi
J. Elaine White, Director

New York
Hudson Valley Writing Project, SUNY at New Paltz
New Paltz, New York
Mary Sawyer and Tom Meyer, Directors

South Carolina
Upstate Writing Project at Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina
Rebecca A. Kaminski, Director

NWP receives about 30 new site inquiries each year. In response, NWP staff sends out a packet of information to help the potential site get started. As these potential sites prepare their applications, they are often directed to existing sites in their state or region to help them through the process. Completed new site applications are due each year in September, after which applications are evaluated by a team of NWP senior staff and representative site leaders.

Funding for new sites is competitive and tied by legislation to the NWP model. The process by which new sites are approved bears some similarity to the evaluation sites go through each year to renew funding in that it includes a thorough examination of everything from university affiliation to goals to budget proposals.

Among features that the evaluators look for in potential site applications are the following:

  1. Understanding of, and agreement with, the NWP teacher-centered model
  2. Support for the proposed site from the university and from local teachers and school communities
  3. Clarity on the NWP's major goals:
  • To improve student writing and learning in kindergarten through university classrooms
  • To extend the uses of writing in all disciplines
  • To provide schools, colleges, and universities with an effective professional development model
  • To identify, celebrate, and enhance the professional role of successful classroom teachers.

In 2001, new site applications are due in the NWP offices on Friday, September 14.

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of sponsoring a new site, please read "Start a Local Site" on our Web site.

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