The National Writing Project network consists of nearly 200 sites in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The project provides programs to promote and improve writing and the teaching of writing. Founded in 1973, the National Writing Project is a successful education program that improves the quality of writing and learning in schools across the country through its professional development model of teachers-teaching-teachers.
ASU’s Pearl of the Concho Writing Project is one of 10 National Writing Project sites in Texas. Started by Dr. Cheryl Hines in 2004, the project has trained more than 80 teachers to improve writing instruction in their classrooms. In addition to the professional development of teachers, the Pearl of the Concho Writing Project offers creative writing programs for students grades 3–8.
PCWP Advanced Institute
The National Writing Project teacher institute designed to build teacher knowledge and expertise on how to use research-based methods to teach higher level writing to students. The institute is hosted by the local branch of the National Writing Project, Pearl of the Concho Writing Project, located at ASU. While the institute would definitely benefit your ELAR teachers, we encourage other content areas to come see how to implement writing across content areas within this framework! We will be leading the summer institute. There will be a stipend offered for teachers who attend. Usually, CPE credit is given as well so that teachers can fulfill their professional development responsibilities for the summer. We will be sure to check with admin about the best way to give this credit. If you have any questions, please let us know!