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CA Writing Project

Area served: Statewide

Contact: Jayne Marlink, Executive Director
(510) 642-7877
2195 Hearst
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1040

Description of Organization:
The CWP has a central mission to improve student writing by improving the teaching of writing. 30,000 teachers each year participate in CWP professional development. CWP provides standard-aligned, nationally test and research support for improving the writing of all students in all discipline and a host of programs for individual teachers, administrators and teacher teams.

Description of Products and Services Available to Schools:

  • design of high-quality professional development programs
  • workshops addressing local needs of students and teachers
  • summer intensive institutes
  • school-year teacher learning communities
  • writing across the curriculum seminars
  • school-wide assessments of student writing
  • CAHSEE, CST, or CELDT embedded assessments of writing
  • study groups to learn from student work and achievement data
  • instructional and assessment uses of technology
  • coaching and demonstration teaching
  • teacher research/inquiry programs
  • beginning teacher programs
  • writing academies and after-school or Saturday seminars for students
  • family writing programs
  • Improving Student's Academic Writing, a statewide CWP professional learning community for secondary teachers
  • English Language Development Institutes
  • Teaching Writing in a Digital Age programs, including current communication technologies employing multimedia/multimodal texts and Web 2.0 tools
  • Primary Writes programs to support Pre/K-2 teachers
  • programs for K-8 and for principals of high needs students

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