The National Writing Project envisions a future where every person is an accomplished writer, engaged learner, and active participant in a digital, interconnected world. In service of that vision, our mission is to focus the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners.
This future cannot exist in a society crippled by injustice, hobbled by income inequality, or distorted by systemic and persistent racism. Whether we focus on police brutality or the differential and systemic impacts of coronavirus and its economic impact, it is impossible to ignore the failures of our nation to live up to our own stated ideals — the very ideals we hope to illuminate in our nation’s classrooms.
Our network was created through the brilliance and energy of our nation’s extraordinary educators, and we honor their work. Yet we also acknowledge that our schools, our curricula, our policy, and practices have too often served to propagate white supremacy, sort and track young people in markedly different futures, and provide intellectual cover for racism and inequality. This must change. There can be no more important focus for the talents and leadership of our nation’s teachers than to work toward building a just, antiracist, and democratic future for all our nation’s children.
And so, in our local writing project sites and across our national network, we call ourselves to service and hold ourselves accountable. To our colleagues working toward this vision, we are your partner. To the communities and families our writing projects serve, we stand with you. To the writers and journalists practicing our core discipline in the face of great challenge, we see you. To our nation’s youth, we will be your ally in building a just and peaceful future.
Let’s work together to create lasting change.