The Redwood Writing Project (RWP) is a network of professionals collaborating to promote literacy skills that sustain life-long learning by providing research-based, teacher-centered professional development; community writing opportunities; and youth writing programs. Housed on the Humboldt State University campus since 1977, RWP is an affiliate of both the National Writing Project (NWP) & the California Writing Project (CWP). As one of the 17 sites of the CWP network, and one of the 200 sites of the NWP network, the Redwood Writing Project is dedicated to the improvement of student learning through the effective teaching of writing.
The RWP is guided by the following National Writing Project/California Writing Project principles:
- Teachers are key to educational reform.
- The best teacher of teachers is often another teacher who has demonstrated success in a similar situation.
- Knowledge about the teaching of writing comes from those who teach, write and research.
- Writing deserves constant attention, from kindergarten through university.
- Universities and schools accomplish more in partnership.
- The RWP is also one of the California Subject Matter Projects, a professional development community for teachers.
Redwood Writing Project facilitates needs assessment and develops collaborative models for staff development in response to K-16 teacher, school, and district needs. Partnerships with RWP provide educators with consistent professional support, allowing them to develop solutions to complex instructional and curricular issues related to student writing, literacy, and achievement. RWP’s core goal is to promote student achievement by providing research-based, teacher-centered professional development.
RWP Teacher/Consultants possess in-depth content knowledge that supports the Content Standards for California Public Schools. Teacher/Consultants share research-based “best practices,” model effective writing instruction, and facilitate time for participants to apply newly acquired knowledge to their specific classrooms. The format of RWP’s professional development training is based upon school/district needs and may include the following:
- Partnerships (in-depth, ongoing professional development to build knowledge and pedagogy about effective writing instruction across content areas)
- Site Conferences
- Workshop Series (two-hour, half-day, or full-day options with a varying number of sessions)
- Lesson Study Teams
- One-on-One Coaching
- Professional Learning Communities
RWP professional development focuses on equipping teachers to meet literacy goals such as these:
- Using technology to support effective writing and critical thinking
- Enriching current writing programs through teacher collaboration and reflection
- Developing a scope/sequence for writing instruction across content areas
- Improving writing through revision and editing, conferring, and peer evaluation
- Developing and implementing rubrics and standards-based assessments
- Preparing students to be successful in on-demand writing situations (including the 4th & 7th grade writing assessment, CAHSEE, SAT, and AP exams)
- Improving reading comprehension across content areas through writing instruction
- Designing curriculum to address Common Core Standards
Options for Funding
As a National and California Writing Project affiliate, RWP is a federal and state-approved inservice provider. RWP programs may therefore be paid for with categorical funding sources including but not limited to NCLB; 80-hour professional development follow-up component to the 40-hour English/Language Arts instructional materials training (SB 472); California’s Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program; GATE; Incentive Grants; and School Improvement Program and Special Education professional development funds. RWP can assist Local Education Agencies in designing professional development plans that meet one or all NCLB goals and in writing grant applications. Program cost will be determined through an assessment of staff needs and based upon the number of participants, format of professional development, and level of ongoing support.