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​Rh​ode Island Writing Project

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Up​coming Events

The RIWP is pleased to provide a number of exciting options for writing and professional development this summer! Most will be virtual, but the Open Air Institute will occur as usually scheduled in August.

Our newest offering is the New Teacher Camp for teachers who are in the first three years of the profession. All grade levels and disciplines are welcome. See the New Teacher Camp page for details on how to sign up for this free distance learning option facilitated by experienced teachers Seth Curran and Nora Pace.

See the individual pages for more information on each event.

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Open Air Institute Fall 2020:  “Storytelling in Warwick Villages”

Saturday, October 24, 8:30-3:30, Places TBA

Facilitator: Jeff Lawton, Pilgrim High School

In conjunction with the National Writing Project’s “Write Out:  Stories Around the Campfire with the National Park Service” event in October, RIWP will offer our own place-based event on Saturday, October 24 when the Open Air Institute visits Warwick. Come discover several of the historic villages of the city, explore the cultural and social significance of storytelling -- and maybe even make some S’mores! More details and registration coming soon!

Cost: $25         
6 PLUs available         
Participants limited to 15
Register by October 20

New Teacher Office Hours

First Thursday of every month, 5 pm - 6 pm (October 1, November 5, December 3, January 7) 

Google Meet Link for October

Join New Teacher Camp counselors Seth Curran, Nora Pace and additional special guests at New Teacher Office Hours. These monthly digital gatherings are a time for new teachers to convene with some experienced teachers to check in on how the first few years are going. Come to compare notes, get help on specific situations, share resources and ideas, and continue building a professional network. For participants of RIWP’s New Teacher Camp, this is a continuation of our summer experience. All teachers in years 1-3 are welcome, including those new to RIWP. 

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RIWP Mission 

Rhode Island Writing Project supports writing, reading, and learning in Rhode Island’s schools through meaningful and relevant professional development. We recognize the importance of teacher knowledge, expertise, and leadership as the primary forces that can inspire growth and change in all writers.

RIWP Vision

Maintain a consistent, coherent presence as a community of literacy professionals who hear, value, and advocate for Rhode Island teachers and students at the school, state, and national levels. We work toward a more just society by using critical theories and meaningful, relevant practices to transform literacy teaching and learning in a rapidly evolving global society. 

View the National Writing Project’s Mission, Vision and Core Principles​.​

Who We Are 
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Founded in 1985 and affiliated with the National Writing Project in Berkeley, California, the Rhode Island Writing Project is a network of teachers who are dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning in all schools. Rhode Island Writing Project teachers work in all content areas and at all grade levels, helping students become thoughtful readers and writers and connecting reading, writing and content area learning.

Reflecting the National Writing Project model of “teachers teaching teachers,” Rhode Island Writing Project teachers are leaders in their schools and communities who work to support students as they become avid and accomplished writers, readers and inquirers. By relying on the expertise of the educators who know students best--Rhode Island teachers--the RIWP  provides sustained and supportive professional development work in the Summer Institute, Open Air Institute, Spring Conference and Embedded Institutes. By supplementing teachers’ knowledge and skills in cultivating their students’ diverse literacy practices, we work toward positive social change.​

Board Members

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The Rhode Island Writing Project leadership team works together to create a conscious network of critical practitioners who take risks as they seek to improve teaching and learning by thoughtful play/experimentation, exchange, & implementation of ideas who lead not only with their heads but their hearts, and who work to challenge the structures of both safety and threat around them. 

RIWP Site Director
Janet D. Johnson

Brittany Richer Ahnrud
Anne Barnhart

Executive Board
Jeremy Benson
Stephanie Griffin
Jeff Lawton
Alyssa Mason
Nora Pace
Emmanuel Ramos
Aimèe Ryan
Jason Ryan​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Page last updated: October 13, 2020