2014-15 Continuity Dates are Now Posted. See the Registration Page.


animationWhat 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.

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

What are teachers saying about NWP @ Rider?

“One of the things I love about NWP @ Rider is being with a group of professionals who aretrying to find ways to be better teachers.” Donna Lawery, Reading Recovery Teacher, Trenton Public Schools

“NWP @ Rider has completely transformed the way I prepare our students for standardized tests.” Meredith Guhl, 6-8 Language Arts teacher, Robbinsville Public Schools

I recommend NWP @ Rider to all my friends.” Christine Clark, Special Education Literacy Coach, Trenton Public Schools

“We’re the envy of all our friends. They love what we have learned about writing in the classroom.” Linda Biondi and Carol Hotchkiss, 4th and 5th grade teachers, Robbinsville Public Schools

“I have so many ideas for helping my students make their writing more interesting. They are so motivated to write now.” Rachel Herring, Special Education Literacy Coach, Trenton Public Schools



5 thoughts on “Home

    1. Nancy Chodoroff

      Dear Myra,

      Thanks so much for your question and congratulations on your retirement. We hope that you will join us for our Continuity meetings throughout the year. Right now, we’re scheduled for meetings in January, March, and May. Dates and topics will be posted on the website. Our Fall Conference is scheduled on campus for October 26th–perhaps you’ll want to join us there as well!

      Nancy Chodoroff
      Professional Development Coordinator
      National Writing Project at Rider University

  1. N. maria Tomassini

    I am a retired Trenton teacher and I want to say hello to Ruth Palmer and also wanted to know if you teach writing poetry across the curriculum.

  2. Nancy Chodoroff

    Thanks so much for your inquiry about our summer programs and also about Ruth Palmer. I will forward your “hello” request to our site director to see if she can get you in touch with Ruth.

    I will be co-presenting the writing across the curriculum workshop in the summer. We do discuss using poetry in various forms in the content area subjects. Hope to see you there!

    Nancy Chodoroff


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