National Writing Project

Teachers Nationwide Study Writing this Summer

Teachers Focus on Writing, Learning, and Leading in the Digital Age

For Immediate Release


Berkeley, CA, June 1, 2010 – More than 3,000 kindergarten-through-college teachers across the country will dedicate four weeks this summer to learning new strategies to improve their students' writing skills.

The teachers were selected to attend National Writing Project (NWP) Summer Institutes held at the more than 200 NWP sites located on college campuses in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Co-directed by university faculty and classroom teachers, the institutes allow teachers in all subject areas to study the latest research on the teaching of writing and share knowledge, expertise, and effective classroom practices.

"Teachers who attend the Summer Institute will return to their classrooms next fall equipped with proven strategies for teaching young people how to write and how to use writing to learn," said Sharon J. Washington, NWP Executive Director. "Writing continues to be the signature means of communication in the digital age, and these institutes provide valuable continuous learning opportunities for teachers across the country."

A recent report by the Alliance for Excellent Education and Carnegie Corporation of New York adds another dimension to writing's importance to learning. "Writing to Read" identifies particular writing practices that are, according to the report, "effective in helping students increase their reading skills and comprehension."

National research studies confirm significant gains in writing performance among students whose teachers participate in NWP programs. Past surveys of teachers who participated in summer institutes found that 95 percent gave high ratings "to the institute's contribution to their understanding of the teaching of writing and its usefulness for their own classrooms and students" (Inverness Research).

The National Writing Project (NWP) is a nationwide network of educators working together to improve the teaching of writing in the nation's schools and in other settings. NWP provides high-quality professional development programs to teachers in a variety of disciplines and at all levels, from early childhood through university. Through its network of more than 200 university-based sites located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, NWP develops the leadership, programs, and research needed for teachers to help students become successful writers and learners.