The National Writing Project is the only provider of professional development in writing named in the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Southern Maine Writing Project, a local affiliate of NWP, offers a number of high-quality, teacher-friendly inservice programs to schools in Southern Maine. Our teacher-consultants are available to provide professional development on a wide range of topics, including these popular areas:
- Writing across the curriculum
- Digital writing and Web 2.0 technologies for 21st-century learners
- Writing process
- Student-staffed writing centers
- Portfolio classrooms
- Teaching ELLs
We are happy to work with schools that would like inservice tailored to their specific needs, and our programming can be flexible to fit a variety of frameworks: single workshop days, classroom visits, and extended partnerships.
If you would like more information about what SMWP's programming, please contact one of our site directors, Seth Mitchell and Rebecca Redlon.
NWP Research Brief: Writing Project Professional Development for Teachers Yields Gains in Student Writing Achievement
Summary: This Research Brief summarizes nine studies that examined the effects of NWP professional development programs on teacher practices and student writing achievement in schools and districts served by writing project sites. The results demonstrate positive effects on the writing achievement of students of writing project teachers across a range of grade levels, schools, and contexts.
"In nine independent studies, in every measured attribute of writing, the improvement of students whose teachers participated in NWP professional development exceeded that of students whose teachers were not participants. The studies took place in rural, urban, and suburban areas across the country and included students with diverse economic, language, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Student results are strong and favorable in those aspects of writing for which the NWP is best known, such as development of ideas and organization. Students in writing project classrooms made greater gains than their peers on writing conventions as well, suggesting that NWP professional development also helps teachers improve their students' basic skills." More>
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Teacher-Consultants in Maine Schools
These schools already enjoy the benefits of having SMWP teacher-consultants on staff. Encourage your best teachers to apply for the Invitational Summer Institute.