Bringing Writing to Life

Welcome Message from the Director

Dr. Jim Beers is the director of the EVWP and Professor of Reading, Language, and Literacy at William and Mary. Dr. Beers has taught reading, writing, and spelling to all students at all grade levels and is the author of numerous books and articles on these same subjects. In addition, he has given numerous workshops throughout the US and Canada for teachers and administrators, and has also assisted a number of school systems in developing K-12 reading and writing curricula.

Staff Development Opportunities

The Eastern Virginia Writing Project offers school districts and individual schools a wide selection of highly skilled individuals who can deliver staff development workshops for faculty and staff. Each workshop runs approximately one hour and includes interactive activities that focus on the teaching of writing--both across the K-12 content areas and in the English/Language Arts classroom.

National Writing Project Sites: What They Do

National Writing Project sites focus on the core mission of improving the teaching of writing and improving the use of writing across the disciplines by offering high-quality professional development programs for educators in their service areas, at all grade levels, K-16 and across the curriculum. NWP sites share a national program model that includes

  • developing a leadership cadre of local teachers who have participated in invitational summer institutes in the teaching of writing
  • delivering customized inservice programs for local schools and institutions
  • providing continuing education and research opportunities for teachers.

In addition, NWP sites may conduct programs for youth, for parents and community members, and for administrators. Each NWP site is housed in a college or university and is constituted as a school/university partnership that identifies, celebrates, and enhances the professional role of successful classroom teachers.

A Day in the Life of the Summer Institute

Catch a glimpse of daily acitivities.