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Welcome to the NCWP

The Northern California Writing Project is a professional development organization devoted to improving the teaching of writing in our service region.

College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP)

College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP)


The National Writing Project (NWP) designed the College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP) with teacher-leaders from across the country. The goal is to assure more teachers have the ability to teach college and career-ready writing—with a specific emphasis on writing arguments based on nonfiction texts; an important skill every young adult needs. C3WP provides scaffolded teaching and formative assessment resources that support the development of students’ argument writing and prepares youth for college, career, and community engagement.

Visit the C3WP website for resources here.


The C3WP evaluation is one of the largest and most rigorous studies about teacher professional development to find evidence of impact:

  • An overwhelming number of teachers (76% across 22 districts) consistently participated in at least 45 hours of professional development. This significantly impacted:
    • the instruction students received; and,
    • the proficiency of students on complex writing tasks such as connecting evidence to an argument.
  • C3WP students outperformed students in control districts on four attributes of argument writing—content, structure, stance, and conventions.

An SRI International research brief can be found here.

C3WP in the NCWP

At our NCWP site, Carla Truttman, our inservice Director, leads a team of teacher leaders who support the C3WP implementation. In the past 3 years, Carla has secured close to $225,000 in grant funding to facilitate the implementation and research of the C3WP program. Carla is also a member of the leadership team in the National Writing Project; she works with teachers from all over the country, supporting the teaching of writing. She is happy to speak with teachers and administrators who may be interested in professional development related to argumentative writing in K-12. You can contact Carla through our local writing project or email her: ctruttman@yuhsd.net

Current teacher leaders: you may be interested in participating in our 2019 C3WP Advanced Summer Institute. More information can be found here.