National Writing Project

The Enduring Quality and Value of the National Writing Project's Teacher Development Institutes

Date: November 30, 2011

Summary: This report presents results from the 2009 Summer Institute survey and Spring 2010 follow-up survey. The results reflect NWP participants' perspectives on the quality and value of NWP institutes and follow-up programs, as well as the impact of those programs on their classroom practices and development as leaders.

 

The National Writing Project's Invitational Summer Institutes (ISIs) generate the teacher leadership that enables local Writing Project sites and the nationwide network to provide inservice programs in local districts and schools. Annual surveys of ISI participants conducted over many years demonstrate the enduring quality and value of the institutes for teachers and the positive impacts on their practice.

Purpose

This report by Inverness Research, Inc. presents results from the 2009 Summer Institute survey and Spring 2010 follow-up survey. The over 3,000 participants in the 2009 summer institutes represent over 2,500 schools in 1,300 school districts — that is, 9% of all school districts in the nation — as well as over 120 colleges and universities.

The results reflect NWP participants' perspectives on the quality and value of NWP institutes and follow-up programs, as well as the impact of those programs on their classroom practices and development as leaders.

Key Points

  • The need for high quality professional development in the teaching of writing
  • Assessing the quality and professional value of NWP institutes
  • Findings for the 2009–10 NWP Institutes and Follow-up Surveys
  • The NWP as a vital national resource for educational improvement

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