Educator Programs

The NCWP offers professional development for teachers in a variety of formats:


  • Institutes are extended programs of 30+ hours that bring together teachers from a variety of regions, grade levels, and disciplines.
    • Invitational Summer Institute: an intensive, 3+ week summer program for experienced teachers of writing. Learn more …
    • Open Institutes: one-week programs open to all K-college educators. A recent offering was “Crossing Lines: Tools for Teaching Tough Topics.”
    • Advanced Institutes: programs with a specific focus designed for teachers who have previously attended the Invitational Summer Institute. Recent advanced institutes have focused on developing inservice programs and building community college partnerships.


  • We have a number of inservice offerings for schools and districts. Recent programs include:
    • Achievement, Citizenship, Engagement (ACE): Test Scores and Beyond. ACE uses innovative instruction and materials in K-8 to support student literacy and develop character.
    • Technology Matters. A week-long school-based program for K-5 teachers focused on using computer-mediated tools to improve student literacy.
    • Content Area Literacy Network. A year-long inservice collaborative focused on high school content-area literacy, partnering schools from Tehama, Siskiyou, Modoc, and Glenn counties.
    • Bridging Gaps: High School, Community College, University. This two-year partnership with Butte College focused on articulating the needs of students as they transition from high school, successfully navigate the two-year college, and then move on to the four-year institution.


  • Workshops, like institutes, bring together teachers from a variety of schools and regions to focus on a topic, but in a more abbreviated time frame–often a series of shorter meetings over the course of a few months. Recent workshops include:
    • Uncovering Hidden Gems: a series of Saturday morning workshops focused on rethinking our assessment strategies when working with elementary-school writers.
    • Teacher Researchers at Work: a series of collaborative workshops centered on individual participants’ classroom-based action research.