2017 Young Writers’ Festival

Come join us for the annual Young Writers’ Festival, taking place July 24th-28th from 9:00-2:00.  The Festival is a week-long celebration of the art of writing, where our young writers will participate in exciting activities and projects.

We are excited to be holding the festival at Chico Country Day School!

Registration is open to students entering grades 3-7.  Everyone receives a festival t-shirt and a publication of participants’ writing. Cost is $175.00 per child.  We offer a reduced cost in some circumstances.  Please see the registration form for more information.

The new deadline to register is Wednesday, July 12th.

Download the registration form here


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2015 Summer Invitational Institute

The 2015 Summer Invitational Institute will be held on the CSU, Chico campus in June and July. For more information about the Summer Institute and the Writing Project’s approach to professional development and teacher leadership, please read our program description. Facts at a glance:

  • Who:
    • Participants: Teachers from Modoc, Siskiyou, Lassen, Shasta, Trinity, Tehama, Plumas, Glenn, and Butte counties, plus the Marysville and Yuba City areas
    • Directors: Amanda von Kleist and Lindsey Nemec, Teacher-Leaders from the Northern California Writing Project
  • Where: CSU, Chico
  • When: 
    • Mandatory Orientation: Saturday, May 16, 9:30-3 pm (lunch provided)
    • Pre-Institute Retreat (aka “Boot Camp”): June 17-18, 9:00-3:00
    • Institute: June 22 – July 10, M-F  8:30-3:00
  • Costs: 
    • $50: materials and book fees (required)
    • $360: tuition for 6 units from CSU, Chico (optional)
  • Stipends: Each participant will receive a $750 stipend at the conclusion of the institute
Applications for Summer 2015 are currently being accepted through May 1st
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Celebrate the Common Core!

Join us for three Saturdays of Writing Project professional development this school year focused on the key shifts in the Common Core English Language Arts standards. Led by NCWP Teacher-Consultants who will share their effective classroom practices, the sessions will focus on Collaborative Conversations, Supporting Literacy through Technology, and Supporting All Students in Accessing Difficult Text.

Each day will be structured with morning presentations followed by afternoon collaborative discussions. The afternoon sessions can be envisioned as what artists call “studio time” — an opportunity to think about and discuss ideas from the morning presentations with your colleagues, and time to draft plans for incorporating those ideas into your own classroom’s context and needs.

Download the flyer and Sign up today!


  • Session 1: Collaborative Conversations
  • Date: October 11, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 – 2:30
    • 9:00-11:30: Presentations by Wendy Fairon and Kim Hickok
    • 11:30-12:30: Lunch (on your own)
    • 12:30-2:30: Collaborative Discussions on Literacy and STEM
  • Location: Chico Country Day School, 102 W. 11th Street, Chico CA
  • Cost: $35 / $20 for NCWP Teacher-Consultants
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NCWP Teacher-Consultant Carla Truttman in Citelighter Video

Yreka High School social studies/English teacher Carla Truttman, one of the Teacher-Consultants for the NCWP, is featured in a new video about the Citelighter online annotation service. Congratulations to Carla for her innovative teaching practices!


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Making Learning Connected

Open to all North State educators, Making Learning Connected is a summer 2014 program in conjunction with the Educator Innovator Connected Learning Massive Open Online Collaboration (#clmooc). Using the principles of Connected Learning, participants will meet once weekly to learn about and play with new literacy tools (often with a focus on making, with or without technology), make and share projects, and reflect on pedagogical applications. Each week will feature a hands-on project made during the session—the images above all come from last year’s participants. While anyone can participate in #clmooc from home, we invite teachers to come together for face-to-face learning, sharing, and (yes, we’ll say it) fun! Participants will build community with other educators from our region and across the nation (over 500 participants have signed up already!).  Come to one session, or come to them all!

If you’re interested, please take our survey, and please share our flyer with your colleagues.


  • Each Wednesday, June 18-July 27, 9 am – 11:30 am
  • Location: CSU Chico
  • Cost: $5/session
  • Up to 2 units of graduate professional learning credit available at additional cost
  • Units cost $65 each
    • To earn each unit, teachers must also participate in a weekly Twitter chat on Thursdays, and submit weekly reflections on the #clmooc website
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Literacy, the Common Core, and Technology

Two things seem headed inexorably toward the classrooms of California: the Common Core standard, and Apple’s ubiquitous iPad tablet computer. We all know about the adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the implementation timeline of 2014. Are you ready for the change? Are there possibilities for using new technologies like the iPad to help us prepare for the arrival of the new standards? We aim to find out in the coming months.

The NCWP is forming an inquiry team for 2012-13 focused on using technology to explore the literacy elements in California’s Common Core English Language Arts standards. The team will consist of up to 15 NCWP Teacher-Consultants (you must have attended one of the NCWP’s Invitational Summer Institutes to be eligible to participate), and will meet approximately 10 times between June 2012 and June 2013. The nuts and bolts:

  • Summer meetings: Friday, June 8, 9 am – 3 pm; Friday, June 29, 9 am – 3 pm
  • School year meetings: Third Thursdays of September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May
  • Participants must commit to attending 90% of the meetings
  • Stipend: $1,000

Participants will be expected to bring an iPad to each meeting. The stipend is intended to offset the cost of purchase. If you’re interested, please fill out the application linked below. Please be aware that this is a competitive program; we anticipate far more applicants than we can fund, so be complete and detailed as you fill out the application.

Registration for this program is now full. Thanks for your interest in the NCWP!



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NCWP @ Digital Is

Digital Is logo

Teacher-Consultants from the Norther California Writing Project have played a central role at Digital Is, a website of resources for teachers interested in teaching literacy in a technology-rich environment. Digital Is is a collaborative effort of the National Writing Project and the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative. The name of the site derives from an acknowledgment that our culture has taken a turn to the digital, and debates about whether computer-mediated instruction belongs in schools should simply be seen as moot because, well, digital is. The website welcomes contributions from teachers who have success stories to share, but also welcomes provocations about the interactions of technology and education.

Among the collections and resources from the NCWP:

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