National Writing Project

Teachers Across the Country Go To "Summer School"

Teachers Focus on Writing, Literacy, and Leadership

For Immediate Release


Berkeley, California, May 14, 2012 — While students will be taking the summer off, many of their teachers will be headed back to the classroom — both in person and online. More than 3,000 teachers will be given the unique opportunity to participate in the National Writing Project's (NWP) Summer Institutes. With funding support from the US Department of Education educators across the country will use this out-of-school time to expand their knowledge and understanding of how best to teach writing. At the end of the summer, these teachers will join a national network of teachers who will continue their learning about teaching writing through Connect, NWP's social networking and online learning space, as well as through face to face learning opportunities.

Located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and co-directed by local university faculty and classroom teachers, the NWP institutes offer teachers the opportunity to study the latest research on teaching writing and share knowledge, expertise, and effective classroom practices with one another.

"We grow our teachers and allow them to experience as much as we can to meet their potential," said Dr. Tonya Perry, Director, Red Mountain Writing Project at the University of Alabama Birmingham.

"Thousands of teachers will return to school this fall with a renewed focus on the teaching of writing," said Dr. Sharon J. Washington, NWP Executive Director. "These K–university educators will enhance their knowledge of theory, research, and practice to help students become better writers and learners. As NWP teacher leaders, they will also be better equipped to support their colleagues as they prepare students to write in all disciplines to meet college and career-ready standards."

National research studies have shown that professional development programs designed and delivered by NWP sites have a positive effect on the writing achievement of students across grade levels, schools, and contexts. To learn more about this study, visit


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 nearly 200 university-based sites located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the National Writing Project develops the leadership, programs, and research needed for teachers to help students become successful writers and learners. For more information, visit