National Writing Project

Teacher Leadership

A writing project site depends on teacher-consultants to lead its work and share the responsibility for conducting its activities. These resources include information about approaches to supporting leadership at local sites.

How Teachers Become Leaders

This book is a unique insider's look at the process that teachers experience when they assume leadership positions in their schools, districts, states, or Writing Project sites. More ›

The Challenge of Change: Growth Through Inquiry at the Western Massachusetts Writing Project
NWP At Work Continuity: Massachusetts

Authors Susan Connell Biggs, Kevin Hodgson, and Bruce Penniman describe the inquiry approach their site took in responding to both planned and unplanned change at their writing project site. Their account chronicles the creation of a site structure that places the work of the site at the center, providing stability for the site in the midst of changing circumstances. More ›

(Re)Visioning Site Work: Extending the Reach and Relevance of NWP Sites

This monograph captures how two sites who are at different points in their institutional lives use visioning retreats to take stock of their sites and look forward, to align programs with capacity, to distribute leadership, and to engage teachers beyond the summer institute. More ›

Viva la Revolución: Transforming Teaching and Assessing Student Writing through Collaborative Inquiry

Molly Fanning and Brigit Schmidt write about how they took action after their summer institute at the Capital District Writing Project to change their classrooms and the way professional development looks at their middle school. In addition to excellent teaching practices, this article explores the intricate links of support provided by a local writing project site to individual teacher consultants as they lead their colleagues in new ways of thinking. More ›

After the Summer Institute: Opportunities for Teacher Leadership

This article, drawing on interview data from a study conducted by the NWP, Inverness Research Associates, and Ann Lieberman of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, highlights teacher-consultants' descriptions of how they contribute to their students, their peers, and their writing project sites, and how their connection with their local writing project nurtures them as teachers and leaders. More ›

Tapping the Potential: Building Teacher Leadership While Rethinking Your Site

Why is it that some directors stick around for years and others do not? Why do some burn out while others are energized by their work? More ›

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