Writing is Essential
The Eastern Virginia Writing Project, located at the College of William and Mary, is a local site of the National Writing Project. Using the national program design as its model, the EVWP offers teachers the expertise necessary to strengthen and evolve their own writing programs. Through the Teacher-Consultant (TC) program, teachers who participate in the summer invitational institute receive training that not only supports the teaching of writing in the English classroom, but in every classroom and in every subject area, K-12.
The mission of the Eastern Virginia Writing Project (EVWP) is to improve the teaching of writing and to improve learning in Eastern Virginia's schools. The Eastern Virginia Writing Project recognizes the primary importance of teacher knowledge, expertise, and leadership.
The Eastern Virginia Writing Project believes that access to high-quality educational experiences is a basic right of all learners and a cornerstone of equity. Through its extensive network of teachers, the Eastern Virginia Writing Project seeks to promote exemplary instruction of writing in every classroom in our region of Virginia.
The Eastern Virginia Writing Project values diversity - our own as well as that of our students, their families, and their communities. We recognize that our lives and practices are enriched when those with whom we interact represent diversities of race, gender, class, ethnicity, and language.
The Rural Eastern Virginia Writing Project (REVWP) is a satellite site of the EVWP and offers a 3-credit course at the Warsaw Campus of Rappahannock Community College through the College of William and Mary. For more information on this satellite site visit the website at http://revwp.weebly.com/revwp-institute.html
The National Writing Project
The Eastern Virginia Writing Project focuses on improving the teaching of writing and the use of writing across the disciplines by offering high-quality professional development programs for educators in their service areas, K-16, and across the curriculum.
The Eastern Virginia Writing Project uses the National Writing Project model that includes:
- developing a leadership cadre of local teachers who have participated in the EVWP Summer Writing Institute
- delivering customized inservice programs for local schools and institutions
- providing continuity by offering continuing education and research opportunities for teacher-consultants
- conducting programs for youth, for parents and community members, and for administrators.
EVWP is based at The College of William and Mary and is constituted as a school/post-secondary partnership that identifies, celebrates, and enhances the professional role of successful classroom teachers at all levels.
The six-credit Summer Institute for teachers and administrators operates under two beliefs:
- Teachers who help other teachers produce students who become better writers
- Effective teachers of writing need to be writers themselves. The EVWP promotes teacher craft, power, and professionalism.
Upon completion of the summer institute, TCs become Fellows in a community of writers - and become teachers who are confident, determined, and energized for the new school year.
Dr. James Beers, Director
Eastern Virginia Writing Project
College of William and Mary
School of Education
Post Office Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795