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 What is the National Writing  Project?

The National Writing Project @ Rider is an affiliate of the National Writing Project (NWP). Begun in 1973 as the Bay Area Writing Project at the University of California at Berkeley, the NWP has grown into a national network of projects.  The NWP is a professional development network that serves teachers of writing at all grade levels, primary through university, and in all subjects.  The mission of the NWP is to improve student achievement by improving the teaching of writing and learning in the nation’s schools.

As an affiliate of the National Writing Project, NWP @ Rider is sanctioned by the No Child Left Behind Act.

What is NWP at Rider?

NWP @ Rider serves Pre-K-16 educators.

Formerly known as the Trenton Area Writing Project (TAWP), NWP@Rider was founded in January, 2000.  TAWP began with three teachers, Louise Beste, Susan Kadish, Ruth Palmer, and university professor Dr. Carol Brown.  Located in the School of Education at Rider University, NWP@Rider is dedicated to supporting and developing literacy in the Mercer County, New Jersey area.

Our Mission:

To improve student writing abilities by improving teaching and learning in the Trenton Public School District and surrounding school districts.

To provide professional development to teachers from Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 in all academic areas.

To expand the professional roles of teachers.

To increase the academic achievement of Mercer County’s diverse student population.

How Does NWP@Rider Work?

Crucial beliefs that guide our work:

•Writing is fundamental to learning in all disciplines

•Writing deserves constant attention from kindergarten through post graduate studies

•Teachers are the key to educational change

•The best teacher of teachers is another teacher

•Effective literacy programs are inclusive, reaching all teachers in order to reach students

•Universities and schools accomplish more in partnerships

•Exemplary teachers of writing write and use writing themselves

•Excellent professional development is an ongoing process