Project: National Writing Project

Authors: Mark St. John, Laura Stokes

Type: Slide presentation

Publication: April 2009

Explaining The National Writing Project (pdf, 27 pages)


These slides accompanied Dr. Mark St. John’s presentation at the 2009 NWP Spring Meeting in Washington D.C. Inverness Research has studied the NWP for over 15 years. The purpose of the talk was to sharpen understanding of what the NWP is and why the federal government should continue to support it. The slides outline key points and provide supporting data.

Main ideas: The NWP is a long-standing, large-scale professional development network that provides high-quality programs to roughly 100,000 teachers annually. It functions as a strong and reliable educational infrastructure. States, universities, and local schools share in the financial support of the NWP, leveraging federal funds. The NWP represents a wise federal investment that builds educational capital, which helps strengthen the teaching profession over time. The NWP is “shovel-ready”—poised to make immediate and effective use of federal funds to support teacher effectiveness.

Intended Audience

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


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