Project: National Writing Project

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

Type: Slide presentation

Publication: April 2005

The Case for the National Writing Project: An Evaluator’s Perspective (pdf, 40 pages)


This is a presentation that Mark St. John, Judy Hirabayashi and Laura Stokes of Inverness Research Associates prepared for the National Writing Project’s April 2005 Spring Meeting in Washington D.C. It offers an evaluator’s perspective on the case that the NWP can make for ongoing federal support of the NWP network.

Presented are four key talking points (listed below). Collectively, these findings can help the NWP make a strong case for continued federal investment in the NWP.

  • Talking point #1: There are teachers across the nation who do not have access to high quality professional development in writing.
  • Talking point #2: There is a national need to improve student writing AND a national need for quality professional development. The NWP has a track record of providing high quality programs and is well positioned to meet this need.
  • Talking point #3: The NWP network of local sites serves significant numbers of teachers and the network can be further expanded to serve ever more teachers and schools.
  • Talking point #4: The National Writing Project makes cost efficient use of federal funds.

In summary, the NWP is not “just another project.” Rather, the NWP is a nation-wide improvement infrastructure for the teaching of writing.

Intended Audience

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


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