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:
Registration Opens Soon
for the Invitational Summer Institute
Make plans now to take part in the June 2021 Invitational Summer Institute, an opportunity for teachers to learn from and with educators who are passionate about the teaching of reading and writing. Participants will leave with plenty of strategies for in-person and remote learning. Be sure to download the flyer and share it with colleagues!
Open to teachers of all grade levels and content areas, the Institute will feature synchronous meetings via Zoom from 8:30-11:30 a.m., with optional meeting times each afternoon to debrief, reflect and write! An online orientation will take place via Zoom on May 25 at 4:30 pm.
Mark your calendar for the dates! They are June 7, 9, 10, 15, 17, 21, 23 and 24. June 17 is the Write Here! Write Now! annual conference, which is included in the Invitational Summer Institute. Optional graduate workshop credits and credits toward a master's/doctoral degree will also be offered.
Online registration opens soon.
Save the Date
Write Here! Write Now!
Writing Our Identities:
Discovering the Power of Voice and Choice
Date: June 17, 2021
Location: via Zoom
Keynote: Dr. Kristine Pytash, Kent State University
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.
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 to submit a poem. Please note that school Google accounts cannot access the entry forms, so please use a parent email address to enter the contest.
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.