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National Writing Project to Create Teaching Models to Improve Writing Instruction

New Grant Spurs Creation of Teaching Models to Help NWP Educators Share Practices to Support Common Core Standards

For Immediate Release


Berkeley, CA, November 1, 2010 — Teacher-leaders of the National Writing Project (NWP) are developing high-quality curricula that align with the Common Core State Standards Initiative, with support from a $550,000 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant.

Teams of teachers from local Writing Project sites throughout California and Massachusetts, as well as from the Louisville, Boise, and Oakland (MI) Writing Projects, are creating teaching tools for teachers in grades 6-12 across content areas. Over the next year, each Writing Project site will create a model for classroom teachers in writing instruction that will support students to achieve the outcomes of the Common Core Standards. To develop the models, the Writing Project teachers will be documenting their own work and their students' work. They will also develop a plan for feedback and revision of the work.

"We are honored to bring Writing Project teachers' expertise to the question of how to improve the quality of writing among all students in every subject area," said Sharon J. Washington, Executive Director of the National Writing Project. "These teachers have built and refined their teaching and curriculum through daily work with students, and their results demonstrate that Writing Project approaches can help students achieve the high-level outcomes that the Common Core Standards demand."

The National Writing Project received the 15-month, $550,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in July 2010.

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. For more information, visit NWP can also be reached through Facebook ( and Twitter (

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