National Writing Project

Understanding the Effectiveness of the National Writing Project

Date: March 8, 2011

Summary: This slide presentation uses data from summer institute participant surveys, the annual site profile, the NWP legacy study, and the Local Site Research Initiative to demonstrate the effectiveness of the National Writing Project in providing high quality professional development that translates into improved student writing.


This is a slide presentation prepared by Inverness Research for the 2011 Spring Meeting of the National Writing Project, held March 31–April 1 in Washington, D.C.


The presentation explains that the national network infrastructure and improvement community that the NWP has built up is what enables the more than 200 local sites to develop teacher leadership and serve local teachers in every state. The presentation also explains how the NWP cost-efficiently leverages federal funds to serve the nation's teachers, and explains why federal funding is vitally important to its ability to continue providing services.

Key Points

  • Writing is essential to learning.
  • The NWP is already shown to be effective, innovative, and cost-efficient at improving writing.
  • The NWP is able to accomplish this because it has built up a national infrastructure of linked sites that build leadership and deliver local services.
  • Federal support is vitally important to the NWP's ability to continue improving writing.

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