Unique in breadth and scale, the National Writing Project (NWP) is a network of sites anchored at colleges and universities and serving teachers across disciplines and at all levels. They provide professional development, develop resources, generate research, and act on knowledge to improve the teaching of writing and learning in schools and communities. NWP believes that access to high-quality educational experiences is a basic right of all learners and a cornerstone of equity. The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners, believing that writing in its many forms is the signature means of communication in the 21st century. The NWP envisions a future where every person is an accomplished writer, engaged learner, and active participant in a digital, interconnected world. Georgia is home to four NWP sites, united as the GaWP (Georgia Writing Project): Cherokee Rose Writing Project (University of West Georgia), Georgia Southern Writing Project (Georgia Southern University), Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project (Kennesaw State University), and Red Clay Writing Project (University of Georgia). In this three day mini institute, participants will experience a unique and community-building taste of the Writing Project, working collaboratively and independently on a wide range of instructional practices including mini lessons, mentor texts, teacher as writer, and building a community of writers. School and district teams are encouraged to attend together (to include teachers, coaches, administrators, media specialists, and all literacy leaders); however, participants may also attend individually.
July 9, 2019: 60 minute workshop
July 10, 2019: Extended morning workshop (approximately 2-and-a-half hours with breaks)