National Writing Project

National Writing Project to Launch Writing Our Future: The Family Academic Literacy Project

For Immediate Release


Berkeley, CA, January 31, 2014 — The National Writing Project (NWP) of Berkeley, California, working with six local Writing Project sites across the country, will build teams to develop and implement Writing Our Future: The Family Academic Literacy Project. The goal of the project is to improve early school success by developing academic literacy program models with a focus on English learners and their families.

The 18-month project is funded by a $250,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan.

"This project builds on NWP's work with teachers of English learners nationwide and our recent Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education," said Judy Buchanan, acting executive director of the National Writing Project. "Writing Our Future: The Family Academic Literacy Project is a terrific opportunity for six sites to work with K-3 teachers and schools to develop specific program models to enhance academic literacy for young English learners."

With an investment in the professional development of peer leaders in six high-need elementary schools, the project will foster on-the-ground family academic literacy experiences through individual, family-oriented, and group activities. Furthermore, the program sites and local participants will join a national network where opportunities exist to learn from national practitioners and research experts and inquire into research-tested designs.


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

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit