Professional Development

Providing ongoing professional development in literacy and the teaching of writing for student success is the sole goal of the writing project. We believe that knowing how to write well — to express, explain, argue — is a powerful predictor of success not only in college but also in the world of work. This belief has long been corroborated by researchers in both academic and public forums and served as the impetus for the birth of the National Writing Project which grew out of the 1974 Bay Area Writing Project in Berkeley. NWP has continued to grow with federal and state support and now encompasses 200 plus sites. As a California Writing Project (CWP) site since 2000-2001, UC Merced Writing Project is proud to be an affiliate of NWP.

We offer Open Programs, Invitational Programs, and Specially Designed Contracted Inservice Programs throughout the year. We also offer Young Writers Academies in the summer both at the university and at contracted sites. We are especially interested in young writers programs for English Language Learners. Look for our fliers and brochures or call our office (209-381-6559)

Areas of focus for professional development can include such topics as the following:

  • Helping teachers teach writing to English learners
  • Connecting writing and the reading curriculum
  • Teaching response, revision, and editing
  • Teaching the writing of California’s academic content standards
  • Teaching writing across disciplines as a learning tool Using technology to teach writing Implementing an effective writing assessment program