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:
for the Invitational Summer Institute
Register through May 1 for 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.
Register online by May 1. Registration requires a $200 nonrefundable deposit.
Youth Writing Camp
Give kids a voice at the National Writing Project at Kent State University's (NWP-KSU) Youth Writing Camp this summer! The camp, led by NWP-KSU teacher consultants, will be held virtually via Zoom from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
Open to kids entering 4th through 7th grade, the camp cost is $15 per student. The camp offers kids a way to engage in a morning of creative activities designed and led by certified National Writing Project Teacher Consultants.
The camp will spark kids' creativity, allow them to choose what to write, and provide them with the opportunity to express themselves in a variety of media while sharing their writing with a supportive audience. The morning's activities will be led by Camp Director Aleesha Bradick and teacher consultants Ann Hagedorn, Amy Krajeck, Jean Kanzinger, and Angie Briggs. Download the flyer and share it with friends!
For more information, contact Camp Director Aleesha Bradick at youthwritingcampKSU@gmail.com or 216-926-1218. Register through June 4. By registering, parents agree to the Terms and Conditions.
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. The cost is $15. Registration is open through June 10. Download the flyer and share it with colleagues!