National Writing Project


Assignments Matter: Grant Opportunity

August 14–27, 2014


Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and available to up to 20 sites interested and willing and meeting the criteria, Assignments Matter will begin at the 2014 Annual Meeting in November and last through December 2015.

This grant opportunity is meant to introduce large numbers of teachers to the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and its tools for making and sharing writing assignments. Specifically, we will introduce teachers to the LDC task bank and jurying rubric, tools meant to support teachers in creating clear and meaningful writing prompts.

Participating sites will receive a $2000 grant to support local, on-site work plus travel support from NWP to send their site liaison to the 2014 Annual Meeting, the 2015 Spring Meeting, and the 2015 Annual Meeting.


Participation requires the naming of a site liaison and commitment to bring together 25 middle and/or high school teachers for a one day, blended (in person as well as online) learning experience to be hosted locally on Saturday, January 24, 2015.

In order to be considered for this opportunity, an NWP site director must submit the completed Google form by August 27, 2014.


For more information, contact Kathleen Riley at

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