National Writing Project

More than 3,000 Teachers Postpone Fun in the Sun to Improve Student Writing

For Immediate Release


BERKELEY, CA, July 5, 2006 – While their students are enjoying summer fun in the sun, more than 3,000 teachers are spending four weeks studying teaching strategies that improve the way students of all ages write and learn.

These kindergarten through university teachers received a coveted invitation to participate in a National Writing Project (NWP) Summer Institute.

Participating teachers arrive at 194 college campuses ready to demonstrate their own best practices and to learn from their locally recognized and accomplished colleagues. The experience makes an indelible impression on their teaching. It is not uncommon for the participants, who come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to remark that the summer institute transformed their careers.

Following the summer institute, the teachers take their new insights and skills back to their local communities, where they conduct professional development workshops for other teachers. Most important, they bring state-of-the-art techniques, confidence, and enthusiasm to their classrooms.


The National Writing Project is a nationwide network of educators working together to strengthen writing instruction in America's schools. Independent evaluation finds that students in the classrooms of NWP teachers make significant gains in writing achievement.

For more information, find a writing project site in your area or visit the links below.

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