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Welcome to PhilWP

PhilWP is a practitioner network, connecting K-university educators with teachers, principals, parents, and out-of-school-time leaders to explore literacy, writing, teaching, and learning across grade levels and disciplines. Each year, new teacher-leaders join the PhilWP network and work in classrooms and other education spaces, supporting young people as writers and learners. A site of the National Writing Project, PhilWP has served Philadelphia schools since 1986.

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News & Events

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A Celebration of Writing and Literacy 2021

For 20 years, the Philadelphia Writing Project has convened A Celebration of Writing and Literacy, an annual conference presented by and for Philadelphia educators. 

Join local educators online for two days of learning, reflection, and joy as we share promising practices and resources for supporting writing and literacy among young people!

This year's conference theme is “Making Stories Visible: A Celebration of Writing and Literacy.” The conference is co-hosted by the Philadelphia Writing Project, the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia (TIP), Penn GSE, and the Penn Museum.

Read more about the Celebration of Writing and Literacy

View the Celebration of Writing and Literacy conference program


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Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

The Philadelphia Writing Project serves as the Regional Writing Affiliate for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The Art and Writing Awards are coordinated by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, which seeks to identify and support exceptional writers and artists. Learn more about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Congratulations to the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Honorees. View the list of local winners.

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Teaching with Primary Sources Webinar Series

For the past three summers, PhilWP Teacher Consultants (TCs) have integrated sources and strategies from the Library of Congress' Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Regional Program into our Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) on Writing and Literacy. This year, we also sponsored an Advanced Institute on Writing, Learning, and Leading and partnered with School District of Philadelphia Learning Networks 2 and 11 to expand our leadership capacity around teaching with primary sources. Our work has been funded by generous PhilWP supporters and TPS Eastern Region grants.

This school year, PhilWP TCs are planning a series of webinars on teaching with primary sources to support writing, inquiry, reflection, and justice-oriented action in our classrooms. If you have a webinar topic to suggest and want to contribute, email Trey Smith at


PhilWP Update


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