Dear Friends and Leaders of the National Writing Project,
Forty years ago, the first National Writing Project teachers gathered to share innovative practices in the teaching of writing that invited young people into active engagement with their learning, their lives, and their communities. They helped launch a writing revolution. Now, as we head into our 40th year, much has changed. The digital revolution has transformed how we learn, communicate, and participate in social and economic life. NWP's national network of teacher-leaders continue to be "educator innovators" who work together to reimagine learning, help colleagues meet the challenges of new college and career-ready standards, and support youth in using technology to write, learn, and participate powerfully in a digitally connected world.
Forty years later, whole new generations of NWP teacher-leaders are working as innovators. "Being almost 40 means we respond in bolder ways to the changing needs of students and teachers," stated Ruth Devlin, 2nd grade teacher at Paradise Professional Development School in Las Vegas and NWP Board Member. That's why NWP hosts Educator Innovator, a new initiative that is investing in promising practices that educate young people for the world they live in today and will lead in tomorrow.
Over 40 years, NWP has grown to a network of nearly 200 university-based, local sites serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, reaching 1.4 million students a year. NWP is the nation's only professional development network devoted to improving the teaching of writing in all its forms and across all subject areas, in schools, colleges, and in the community. With your help, we can continue our work for 40 more years.
Writing has the power to transform lives, create deeper learning, and connect us to the world's collective knowledge. And no one knows better than NWP teachers that the commitment to writing is only the start of a long journey toward real and sustainable educational change.
I'm writing today to invite you to support the National Writing Project, the Writing Project site of your choice, and Educator Innovators across the nation in a simple and direct way.
Support 40 more years of Innovation!
Your contribution = 40 more years of Innovation. No gift is too small.
- $1 for each of our 40 years = a $40 contribution
- $10 for each of our 40 years = a $400 contribution
- $100 for each of our 40 years = a $4,000 contribution
Join our growing circle of friends, supporters, Writing Project educators and colleagues to continue to build a future where every person is an accomplished writer, engaged learner, and active participant in a digital, interconnected world.
With more than 40,000 supporters nationwide, our strength is the collective act of giving. If each of us gave $40, we would raise $1.6 million dollars to support the network. Please make the most significant gift you can, and help spread the word!
Thank you for your support.
Acting Executive Director
NWP Matters Now:
"It is absurd to imagine that any child will be able to earn a living, let alone contribute to resolving our world's complex problems, without knowing how to read and write. My foundation supports the National Writing Project so that teachers can be more effective in their efforts to improve literacy for all students."
— Isabel Allende
"The National Writing Project has been one of our most effective partners in supporting practitioners both in and out of school in creating 21st century connected learning environments for youth. Unlike any other educational program for teachers, they have successfully created face-to-face and online programs to provide vital open access opportunities for ongoing innovation and learning for practitioners at all levels and at scale across the country."
— Connie Yowell, Director of Education for U.S. Programs at The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation