National Writing Project

Because Writing Matters: Improving Student Writing in Our Schools

National Writing Project and Carl Nagin (Jossey-Bass, 2003)


National Writing Project

The National Writing Project (NWP) is a professional development network dedicated to improving student writing and learning by improving the teaching of writing in the nation's schools. Begun in 1973-74 at the University of California, Berkeley, the NWP is a steadily growing network of nearly 200 sites in 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as associated international sites in Hong Kong and Malta. NWP sites use a teachers-teaching-teachers model that draws on the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of successful classroom teachers to annually serve more than 100,000 teachers, grades K-16, in all disciplines. Numerous research studies demonstrate the success of the NWP model in improving student writing achievement. Support for the National Writing Project is provided by the U.S. Department of Education, foundations, corporations, universities, and K-12 schools.


Carl Nagin

Carl Nagin is a journalist, editor, and teacher. He has worked for the PBS series FRONTLINE, and his articles have appeared in such national publications as The New Yorker, the New York Times, and Art & Antiques where his writing was nominated for a National Magazine Award. A four-time recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, he has received awards for his teaching, research, and documentary films. He taught writing at both the high school and college-level for more than 15 years as a faculty member of Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music where he directed the freshman writing program. As an editor, he has worked on preK-12 curriculum projects for the Massachusetts Department of Education and the Developmental Studies Center in Oakland, California. He currently resides in Berkeley, California.

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