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

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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

Interested in professional development using C3WP resources? Contact Kyra Mello, co-director of the NCWP: melloky@gmail.com 

Our team is available to work with teachers, schools, and districts who may be interested in using or modifying writing resources to meet their goals.

Tracy Dickinson, English teacher at Etna High School
Shawni McBride, English teacher at Corning Union High School
Lindsey Nemec, English teacher and Center Coordinator at Northern Unified Charter School
Amanda Von Kleist, Special Education teacher at Hamilton Union High School