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Janet Donnell Johnson
RIWP Site Director

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Henry Barnard School (HBS)
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2020 RIWP Spring Conference

Dear RIWP community,

It is with great disappointment that, out of abundance of caution related to COVID-19 and RIC's critical incident guidance, we must postpone this year's Spring Conference as well as the March book club. Thank you so much to all of the registrants. We will be in touch about reimbursement procedures. In the meantime, here is a link to Elizabeth Dutro's website, which includes some of her publications, as well as a collection of articles about trauma-informed practice which includes some of the key themes we would have explored together.

Although we won't be able to get together this spring, we have a great slate of professional development opportunities this summer, so we hope that you can join us for these events. Stay tuned for possible rescheduling of the conference this fall.

Spring 2020 Write Time

For the spring semester, Write Time will be held on Sunday afternoons 01/19, 02/16, 3/15 and 4/19 from 3-4:30. Meet in the upstairs of RIC’s Donovan Dining Center at the high top tables near the skybridge to the Student Union.

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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
Mary Petrofes
Emmanuel Ramos
Aimèe Ryan
Jason Ryan​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Page last updated: March 11, 2020