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The Eastern Illinois Writing Project seeks to provide K-16 teachers across the curriculum with opportunities to:
  • Improve student writing in all disciplines.
  • Provide schools with an effective in-service model.
  • Identify, celebrate and enhance the professional role of successful classroom teachers.
  • Apply a teacher-centered model to implement these goals.
To facilitate teaching and learning in all of our programs, we follow National Writing Project principles and believe “The best teachers of teachers are other teachers” and “The best teachers of writing are writers themselves.”

NWP Core Principles

  • Teachers at every level — from kindergarten through college — are the agents of reform; universities and schools are ideal partners for investing in that reform through professional development.
  • Writing can and should be taught, not just assigned, at every grade level. Professional development programs should provide opportunities for teachers to work together to understand the full spectrum of writing development across grades and across subject areas.
  • Knowledge about the teaching of writing comes from many sources: theory and research, the analysis of practice, and the experience of writing. Effective professional development programs provide frequent and ongoing opportunities for teachers to write and to examine theory, research and practice together systematically.
  • There is no single right approach to teaching writing; however, some practices prove to be more effective than others. A reflective and informed community of practice is in the best position to design and develop comprehensive writing programs.
  • Teachers who are well-informed and effective in their practice can be successful teachers of other teachers as well as partners in educational research, development and implementation. Collectively, teacher-leaders are our greatest resource for educational reform.

Activities of the Eastern Illinois Writing Project

  • Writing activities like journaling, writing marathons, peer response, and demonstration feedback.
  • Teaching demonstrations — the highlight of the Institute.
  • Reading and research.
  • Small and large group discussions.
  • Coaching sessions with directors and teaching consultants.
  • Having fun.
  • In-Services led by new teacher consultants from the summer institute.
  • Reading and writing workshops.
  • Conference participation.
  • Web and listserve discussions.
  • Writing and pedagogy publications.

Helpful Links:

Eastern Illinois Writing Project

National Writing Project
Writing Crawl 2010