For over 30 years, the National Writing Project (NWP) has served teachers of writing at all grade levels, from primary school to university. Through a network of more than 200 sites in the U.S., the NWP supports research, develops resources, and hosts professional development programs for educators.
Among the core principles of the NWP is the belief that there is "no single right approach to teaching writing; however, some practices prove to be more effective than others. A reflective and informed community of practice is in the best position to design and develop comprehensive writing programs."
And there's good news for teachers living outside the U.S.: you don't have to be a Writing Project member to access the rich repository of teaching guides, research reports, and other writing-related materials at the NWP's website. Here's a sample of what you'll find there:
- 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing
A diverse collection of successful strategies contributed by experienced Writing Project teachers.
- Articles on the Teaching of Writing and Reading
Hundreds of articles, most published over the past decade, on topics that include collaborative writing, grammar and usage, writing across the curriculum, rhetoric and style, writing prompts, and responses to writing.
- Research on the Teaching and Learning of Writing
An extensive collection of reports on writing-related research carried out over the past 30 years.