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Janet Donnell Johnson
RIWP Site Director

(401) 456-8701

Henry Barnard School (HBS)
East Campus
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Up​coming Events

Spring Conference Series - Writing to Exist, Persist, Resist!

The Rhode Island Writing Project is delighted to continue our Spring Conference tradition despite COVID. We are hosting a virtual Spring Conference Series throughout the month of March and our theme is “Writing to Exist, Persist, and Resist.” The events will all incorporate writing pedagogy and practice, but you do not need to be an English teacher to attend. Renowned educator Elizabeth Dutro, whom we booked in 2020 but had to cancel due to COVID, has graciously agreed to be our keynote again this year.

  • On Saturday, March 6 from 10-11:30, we'll begin with a BYOB (Bring Your Own Brunch) Mixer kickoff event where we'll write, share, catch up with one another, and even offer some raffle prizes.
  • On Tuesday, March 9th from 4-5:30, we'll host an unconference session designed to share ideas about what you've learned about pandemic pedagogy.
  • On Thursday, March 18th from 4-5:30, we'll offer a more traditional conference experience with several workshop sessions to choose from. You'll be sure to leave with ideas to implement in your classroom the next day.
  • On Wednesday, March 24th from 4-5:30, we will be collaborating with NEARI to host a panel on being antiracist educators.
  • On Saturday, March 27 from 10-12 featuring Dr. Elizabeth Dutro from the University of Colorado Boulder, focusing on trauma informed and restorative practices for our students and ourselves.


The price is $40 for regular attendees and $20 for presenters. This gets you into all events. You may attend as many or as few as you like.

If using a purchase order or paying by check, here is the form. Please email Dr. Janet Johnson at with the form so all names can be added to the email list.

If you are a teacher in NPSD, please register with this form.

Email or with any questions.

Please contact Janet Johnson at if you need special accommodations.

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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: March 02, 2021