Project: National Writing Project

Authors: Mark St. John, Laura Stokes, Judy Hirabayashi

Type: Slide presentation

Publication: October 2001

Impact Of NWP On Teachers’ Classroom Practice: Results Of A Teacher Survey (pdf, 43 pages)


We are pleased to make available to the NWP a copy of the PowerPoint presentation on the “Impact of NWP on teachers’ classroom practice: Results of a teacher survey” that Laura Stokes of Inverness Research Associates gave at the NWP annual meeting in Baltimore in November, 2001. The presentation reported—in an informal and conversational way—on a survey that Inverness Research Associates conducted of Summer 2000 invitational institute participants in May 2001. On this survey we asked participants to tell us what impact the National Writing Project has had on their teaching.

The survey showed that teachers changed their practices as a result of NWP institutes. Our study also showed that student achievement on NAEP, “the nation’s report card,” is correlated with some of those practices. The research identified statistical links between NWP professional development, the classroom practices of participating teachers, and students’ higher achievement in writing. The presentation concludes with our summary reflections about the values reflected in the NWP as a community of practice.

In the presentation, we were careful about the inferences we make from these data, and we urge you to be cautious also. The data come from multiple sources, which makes it difficult to draw scientifically sound conclusions about causal relationships. Each of the five findings is supported by data, usually in graphical form.

Intended Audience

The National Writing Project, Federal and state policy makers, Funders, Educators, Teachers, and general public.


Any and all errors are claimed by the authors of this document, Inverness Research, Inc.

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