Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Something To Look Forward To: CRWP Success Stories

During the month of March, keep your eyes open for a series of success stories from your colleagues in the CRWP advanced institute. The CRWP, or College-Ready Writers Program, is an Advanced Institute of the National Writing Project, intended to train teachers in methods of teaching source-based argumentative writing to secondary students. After a three-day launch in either July in Grand Forks or August in Fargo, participating teachers began teaching argumentative writing mini-units provided by  the NWP. Many teachers have continued their learning into the school year, meeting once a month to analyze student writing, engage in professional learning, and share ideas. Those teachers are reflecting on their learning by writing CRWP success stories. Look for them over the coming days, and find out more about the CRWP here. In addition, you can check out the research report on the success of the program.

The National Writing Project just received a $20 million grant to scale-up the College-Ready Writers Program over the next five years. North Dakota was one of several states to contribute district commitment letters to this grant proposal, so our site will be eligible for this funding. The kick-off meeting for this new grant is June 20-22, 2017 in Minneapolis. We will be offering another CRWP Institute launching in summer 2017 and continuing through the 2017-18 academic year to prepare 12 teacher-leaders to work on the CRWP Scale-Up. If you are interested, this series of stories from the current cohort will give you an idea of how North Dakota teachers are taking up this work.