The Kean University National Writing Project is a regional site of the National Writing Project (NWP), a federally funded network with over 250 sites across the country. The U.S. Department of Education has named the NWP as a recommended Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Program (CSRD), and it is especially effective in developing networks that support teachers as they become leaders in their schools and in their communities.
As a National Writing Project site, the Kean University National Writing Project draws from the NWP’s six basic principles:
- Writing is essential to one’s academic achievement, job success, and lifelong learning;
- Learning to write begins in kindergarten and continues through all grade levels and across all subjects (and beyond);
- Those who write are the most effective teachers of writing;
- Successful practicing teachers are the best teachers of teachers;
- Professional development is ongoing throughout a teacher and writer’s career,
- Universities and schools must work together with families and communities, in the service of students.
We offer professional development and leadership training in for writing for writers and for teachers in all subject areas and at all instructional levels K-16. The Project operates by training and coordinating teams of consultants that share Writing Project expertise with writers and teachers in school districts throughout the region.
Community connections created through the Project support excellence in teaching, professional leadership, and personal growth for all writers and teachers that participate. For Kean University and partner institutions, our shared goal is to work with writers and teachers as they lead their colleagues, communities, students and fellow writers to experience the excitement and rewards of writing.