The National Writing Project at Kent State University (NWP-KSU) has been a National Writing Project site since 1997. NWP-KSU is committed to improving teaching and learning in Northeast Ohio through teacher leadership and professional development.
With NWP-KSU, teachers of all subjects and grade levels can:
Save the Date
Write Here! Write Now!
Writing Our Identities:
Discovering the Power of Voice and Choice
Date: June 17, 2021
Location: Moulton Hall at Kent State University
Keynote: Dr. Kristine Pytash, Kent State University
Due to the current health crisis, we are making plans to meet either in person at Moulton Hall or virtually via Zoom
Dr. Kristy Pytash is an Associate Professor in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University, where she directs the Secondary Integrated Language Arts Teacher Preparation program. She is a former high school English teacher.
Her research focuses on the literacy practices of youth in juvenile detention facilities, disciplinary writing, and how to prepare teachers to teach writing. An underlying theme across all her lines of inquiry is how technology significantly influences young adults’ literacy practices and their literacy instruction.
The keynote is followed by breakout sessions featuring classroom strategies. Attendees may also choose to participate in a writing marathon. Registration will open in spring 2021.
National Writing Project:
Write Out Resources Available
Even though the national Write Out ended October 25, teachers and students can still take advantage of the resources! Writing prompts, stories, and other sources of inspiration will remain available at https://writeout.nwp.org/.
Amy Krajeck of St. Michael School created an engaging series of lessons centered on the "Stories Around the Campfire" theme. Click to read more about how she incorporated placed-based learning throughout the first quarter of the school year, culminating in a storytelling session.
Write Where You Are Poetry Contest
Ohio students in grades K-12 are invited to enter our poetry contest, which runs from October 5, 2020, through January 31, 2021. We encourage students to submit poetry of all forms to the theme of "Write Where You Are." Students may write a poem about a place that holds special meaning to them: a bus stop, a corner in a classroom, a moonlit groove beneath the stars. We highly encourage students (if they can) to revisit these places of meaning and compose some of their verses surrounded by the place that inspires them.
Poetry should not exceed ONE page of typed, 12 pt. font text. Poetry should be original and written by an Ohio student. Students must submit to their appropriate grade category:
K-2, 3-5, 6-8. or 9-12. Students should visit the "For Students" page with a parent or teacher to submit a poem.
Dr. Alexa Sandmann Retires
In August, Dr. Alexa Sandmann retired as Director of the National Writing Project at Kent State University. Dr. Lori Wilfong, associate professor at KSU Stark Campus, is our new director., Read reflections from Deb DeBenedictis about Alexa's impact on NWP-KSU teachers.