California Subject Matter Project

California Writing Project

About The California Writing Project

The California Writing Project (CWP) is a statewide professional learning network that serves teachers of writing at all grade levels, pre-K through university, and in all subjects. Because writing matters for success in the school and university, in the community and workplace, the CWP has a central mission - to improve student writing and learning by improving the teaching of writing. By having successful teachers of writing teach their colleagues, CWP is able to conduct significant numbers of programs, averaging 2000 each year. While over 80% of CWP programs take place in schools and districts, teachers are always welcome to join the project as individuals. One of the hallmarks of CWP is ensuring access for every interested teacher.

The 40-year-old CWP is a network comprised of 16 regional sites, nine housed on University of California campuses and seven on California State University campuses. Distinguished teacher leaders and university faculty deliver cutting edge programs in accordance with the California State Education-approved Common Core State Standards and the California State Standards across subject matter areas. Every year, over 20,000 educators participate in CWP campus, school, and district programs. These teachers, representing all grade levels, from kindergarten through university, often teach in disciplines other than English. The project also provides programs that serve administrators, paraprofessionals, students, and parents.

This collaborative network is dedicated to providing the highest quality writing instruction, with a special focus on meeting the needs of English learners (as articulated through the Common Core State Standards), native speakers with low literacy, and students from economically disadvantaged communities. Headquartered at the University of California - Berkeley, CWP belongs to a larger network of discipline-specific programs known as the California Subject Matter Projects, administered by the University of California, Office of the President.

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