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Central Connecticut Writing Project

New Britain, CT

Year Established



Central Connecticut State University

Department of Literacy, Elementary, and Early Childhood

Site Director

Cara Mulcahy

Our central mission is to develop teachers as writers and as teachers of writing. Since 2005, approximately 100 teachers have impacted their classroom instruction as a direct result of their participation in the Invitational Summer Institute (ISI).

The Invitational Summer Institute

The Invitational Summer Institute provides the single-most lasting impact on teachers and, in turn, on their students.

The ISI is held each year for teachers interested in developing as writers and as teachers of writing. Teachers benefit immediately from their institute experience. But it doesn't stop there. When the teachers return to their classrooms, their students benefit from being members of a class that quickly becomes transformed into a vibrant community in which writing is incorporated in meaningful, standards-driven ways across the curriculum.

Furthermore, through both formal and informal professional development, CCWP teachers share new knowledge and expertise with their colleagues. The benefits to Connecticut teachers and students are far reaching.

Professional Development

The CCWP works in partnership with area districts to offer high-quality professional development programs for educators.

Examples of programs include:

  • A workshop series on teaching digital writing
  • A student writing program on persuasive writing
  • An open-institute idea exchange
  • Establishing an on-site professional learning community
  • Writing to learn
  • Home-school-community academic connections
  • Facilitated study groups
  • Teacher inquiry projects

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