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.


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Educator Programs

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 in all grade levels and disciplines. Our next open institute will be offered in June 2020 (alternating summers). Watch for the announcements in January 2020. See a sneak peek below.
    • Invitational Beginning Teacher Design Institutean intensive, 3 week summer program for beginning teachers of writing–teachers in their first 5 years of teaching–in all grade levels and disciplines. Our next open institute will be offered June 18-July 2, 2019 (alternating summers with the traditional Summer Institute). Apply HERE.: Applications due MARCH 1, 2019, by 5:00pm.
    • 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:
    • Argumentative writing at Fair View High School. A year long professional development program working with teachers in the CUSD alternative education program.
    • 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.
  • We can design a series or day long event to meet the writing needs of local contexts. Contact Carla Truttman, Inservice Director, who will schedule a time to meet with school staff to design professional development that meets the needs of teachers and students.
    Email: carlatruttman@gmail.com


  • 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 or one day Saturday sessions. 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.