PD for Districts

Professional Development around Need

The SVWP will design professional development to assist teachers in using writing as a learning tool or to enhance current writing practices.  

We can provide:

  • Writing in the Content Area
    Writing Workshop
    Writing process from invention to publication
    Portfolio development and assessment
    pre-K-2 Kid Writing program
    Argument and Persuasive writing through the C3WP program

SVWP Practices support and enhance Project Based Learning through the following hallmarks.  Teachers gain understanding of the learning principles of PBL through their experiential learning.

Challenging Question or Problem: Teachers develop inquiry based on observed practice.

Sustained inquiry: Teachers enter into the professional discourse, examining practice, developing new strategies and returning to question in a cycle of inquiry.

Authenticity: All SVWP courses and programs are tied to what is currently happening in the classroom.

Voice and Choice: Teachers develop their inquiry around successes and choose texts and methods to match their students and curriculum

Reflection: Ongoing written reflection and sharing are imbedded

Critique and Revision: Teachers led a collaborative revision process that develops deep discussion around teacher practice.

Public Product: Teachers share demonstration lessons with peers and contribute to the knowledge of the profession.

Writing in the Content
EDU/WR 636

This course is offered to all K-University teachers.  Each course is tailored to meet the needs of the teachers in the course.  Districts may purchase this course and fill it with up to 22 teachers.  Our evaluations from teachers indicate it is a powerful influence on changing and enhancing teacher practice.  Feedback from participants is 100% positive.

“I brought things back I could share with my colleagues.”

“The course allowed me to see the impact that writing has in the classroom.”

“I have learned so much useful info and practices that I can utilize them for years to come.”

“Excellent hands on writing ideas.  You could use some of the ideas right away. Good for all teachers..”

“Best course I have ever taken on teaching.”

“This was one of the best classes that I have taken in all my many years! It is so relevant.”

“This is the best class I have taken. I have been able to use things immediately! Loved it.”

“I think every teacher should take this class.  We all need to find ourselves as writers to teach writing.”

“I feel that it has helped me become a better teacher and it also helped me connect with peers from other schools.”

“I appreciated the speakers. I loved how I actually wrote so I really had full emersion of the tools and material. Such a great class!”

First Annual Pineapple Day
November 28, 2018

The TCs of the SVWP opened their classroom doors to share writing in action with their colleagues. The SVWP plans to make Pineapple Day an annual event so TCs can spread writing practices throughout their buildings.

The Pineapple is the symbol of hospitality and these teachers generously opened their doors and shared their practice.  November 28 is Hawaii day (and where the pineapples grow!)

Garland R. Quarles had the most TCs participating.  A total of six teachers made writing the focus for the day.  From left to right above, Teacher Consultants Teresa Cave, Amanda Estep, Robert Kilby, Heather Campbell, Danielle DeChristopher, and Tara Lockhart.

A visitor (below left) chats with a writer.  Kimberly Peterson, current SVWP fellow (pictured at right), visits with more writers at Quarles.

Two young writers take part in a writing lesson.







We Offer Professional Development for Districts

Choose our highly regarded EDUC 636/WRI636 Writing and Learning Across the Curriculum course for Professional Development around teaching writing and using writing as tool for learning in the content area. Available to all teachers, K-University, in any discipline.

The EDUC 636/WRI 636 can be run with a focus on the National Writing Project College Ready Writing Program.  This is effective professional development for 6-12 teachers in any content.  See the results of a controlled study by SRI International here.

Consider a day of professional development which offers both choice and engagement for your teachers. We can bring our Teacher Consultants and Demonstration Lessons to your site. In keeping with the philosophy of the NWP, we do not offer single presentations to staff but provide a menu of choices so teachers can select what they need for their instructional purposes.

For more information on our programs follow this link.

Our brochure is available here:    Brochure 2016


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