National Writing Project

NWP Board of Directors

Diane Waff

Board Member since 2015; Member of Conflicts of Interest Committee; Member of Governance Committee

Director of the Philadelphia Writing Project; Faculty, University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA

Diane Waff is the Director of the Philadelphia Writing Project and a faculty member in the Reading/Writing/Literacy division at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. Dr. Waff spent three years as a senior program associate at WestEd in Oakland, California. She has facilitated national Leadership Institutes in Reading Apprenticeships, mid-year conferences, regional professional development workshops, and webinars reaching hundreds of educators worldwide.

Dr. Waff has extensive experience as a high school teacher, district and building administrator, K-12 teaching and learning coordinator, and teacher researcher. For over two decades, she has worked with teacher research communities as a convener and facilitator for the National Writing Project, the BreadLoaf Teacher Network, and Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity. She serves on the board of the Practitioner Initiated Inquiry Series for Teachers College Press and served as chair of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Secondary Section Steering Committee from 2006-2008.

She is coauthor of On Teacher Inquiry: Approaches to Language and Literacy Research (Teachers College Press, 2009) and co-editor of Reconceptualizing Adolescent Literacy, 2nd Edition (Erlbaum, 2006). Dr. Waff received her Ed.D. in Reading, Writing, & Literacy at University of Pennsylvania, M.Ed. in Special Education from Antioch University, M.S. in Educational Administration from Saint Joseph's University and her undergraduate degree in English Literature from University of Pennsylvania.

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