- National Writing Project
- University of California, 2105 Bancroft Way #1042, Berkeley, CA 94720-1042
- Contact Person:
- Tanya Baker, Director of National Programs
- (510) 642-8812
- Term of Grant:
- June 2014 – December 2015
- Grantee Initiative:
- Assignments Matter: Using the NWP Network to Create, Iterate, and Share High Quality Writing Assignments
Targeted Focus Area
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- Education Levels:
Primary Grant Focus
To build teacher capacity in writing instruction and produce high-quality writing tasks to be shared nationally, the National Writing Project (NWP) leverages its knowledge about literacy and its national network of nearly 200 NWP sites. NWP is implementing a blended learning professional development model that includes disseminating support and tools for utilizing the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) framework and other digital LDC tools. NWP provides professional development for 20 site leaders nationwide who, in turn, each train 50 secondary educators at their sites.
Strategies for Supporting Common Core Success
This LDC initiative relies on two tiers of teacher leadership and applies the NWP’s longstanding practice of organizing teachers-teaching-teachers opportunities and facilitating sharing of effective instructional practices among teachers.
- The NWP has identified a cross-disciplinary, leadership team of six teachers with deep LDC experience. These six teacher leaders have drawn from their own classroom successes with LDC to create the online learning component that is part of the blended learning approach used in this initiative.
- The leadership team has provided a face-to-face learning event for 20 NWP site leaders representing different sites across the nation. At this learning event, the site leaders learn about the blended learning experience and the online LDC resources— the LDC task bank and LDC task jurying rubric. The learning event focuses on helping teachers utilize these online resources to create high-quality CCSS-aligned writing tasks.
- Each of the 20 site leaders is responsible for facilitating face-to-face learning events for two cohorts of 25 middle and high school teachers at their site, reaching a total of 1,000 teachers. These blended learning events include: 1) a synchronous, online learning experience led by the national leadership team that introduces the LDC task bank and task jurying rubric, and 2) the live learning experience, where site leaders facilitate teacher practitioner communities in developing LDC tasks and then applying a protocol for refining them. LDC tasks, once vetted as high-quality writing tasks by the cross-disciplinary leadership team, are shared widely to teachers through the online searchable task bank.