National Writing Project

NWP, NCTE, and IRA Collaborate to Support Educator Teams in Low Income Communities

The National Writing Project, National Council of Teachers of English, and International Reading Association will work with 66 school teams over the next two years

For Immediate Release


Berkeley, CA, August 13, 2013 — How can educators in schools serving low income communities pool their expertise to advance literacy in states that have adopted common core state standards (CCSS)? And how can school teams learn from each other in the process? These are the questions that the National Writing Project (NWP), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) , and the International Reading Association (IRA) are collaborating to explore with 66 school teams over the next two years through Project TEAM: Together Educators Achieve More. The project is partially underwritten by a $250,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Through the project, school teams serving low income communities will receive $3000 travel grants to attend the NWP, NCTE, or IRA conventions in 2013 or 2014. They will have the opportunity to share insights and build connections with other school teams across the country as they share how they are shifting professional practices to better engage and advance literacy. They will also benefit from resources and assistance provided by the professional organizations and other teams working towards CCSS-related goals. And they will have opportunities to share their discoveries and innovations across the two-year period.

Each professional organization collaborating in Project TEAM is committed to advancing equity and opportunity for all learners, particularly during this time of core standards implementation. The project will open opportunities for resource-strapped schools to build capacity for change and growth based on the expertise of their faculty, creating the conditions needed for sustained improvement in literacy learning. Our entire professional community will benefit from the work of these teams, and hundreds more who are preparing to share their stories of change and growth during the next few years.


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 serving 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