Professional Development

The Write Stuff

October 24, 2007 1 min read

Researchers have cited the National Writing Project, a federally supported network based at the University of California, Berkeley, as one effective model of professional development. Here are the group’s core principals:

  • Teachers are the agents of reform; universities and schools are partners for investing in that reform through professional development.
  • Professional development programs provide opportunities for teachers to work together to understand the full spectrum of writing development across grades and across subject areas.
  • Effective professional development programs provide frequent and ongoing opportunities for teachers to write and to examine theory, research, and practice together systematically.
  • 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.
  • A reflective and informed community of practice is in the best position to design and develop comprehensive writing programs.

Source: The National Writing Project (www.nwp.org)

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A version of this article appeared in the October 25, 2007 edition of Teacher PD Sourcebook as Researchers have cited the National Writing Project, a federally supported network based at the University of California, Berkeley, as one effective model of professional development.

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