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THE PHILADELPHIA WRITING PROJECT

Invitational Summer Institute - Online Course

The Philadelphia Writing Project is open to all teachers in all Philadelphia schools. In order to become a Teacher Consultant and join our network of more than 800 teachers, you must complete the Invitational Summer Institute. Teachers who have successfully completed the Summer Invitational Institute are invited to take part in additional programs for PhilWP Teacher Consultants.

College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP)

The College, Career, and Community Writers Program engages middle and high school teachers in an inquiry around teaching and assessing academic argument writing in their classrooms. The three-day Advanced Institute focuses on a study of selected books and encourages teachers to explore and adapt curricular resources. Throughout the year, teachers will meet six times to discuss student work, collaborate on units, and explore ideas around the discourse of academic argument writing. Read more about the C3WP Research Report.

 Learn more about the College, Career, and Community Writers Program.

Kid Writing: A Tool for Learning

Kid Writing is designed to accelerate the reading and writing skills of young learners through structured activities that help teachers individualize instruction and develop students’ phonics, spelling, and writing skills.

Kid Writing Resources for Teachers

The Kid Writing process was first developed in Philadelphia in the 1990’s by PhilWP Teacher Consultants Eileen Feldgus and her colleague Isabel Cardonick, former teachers in the School District of Philadelphia.

Their published work, Kid Writing in the 21st Century: A Systematic Approach to Phonics, Spelling, and Writing Workshop (Feldgus, Cardonick, & Gentry, 2017), is written for teachers who are interested in implementing Kid Writing in the classroom.

The Celebration of Writing and Literacy

The annual Celebration of Writing and Literacy (CoWL) is held at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. Educators have the opportunity to participate in facilitated discussions centering around important educational issues and hands-on, teacher led workshops celebrating innovative reading and writing practices.

Inquiry Communities

The Philadelphia Writing Project believes that teachers are best supported when they are provided the space to explore their practice in a collaborative setting with other practitioners. Establishing inquiry-based communities to better the teaching of writing has been a central tenet of PhilWP’s work since 1986.

Publications Committee

The Publications Committee supports the publication of teachers’ writings in the PhilWP Journal. Interested TCs should contact the PhilWP office to learn more about opportunities to work with the committee. 

Literature Circle

Educators convene in a Literature Circle to discuss selected books often used in Philadelphia classrooms or books that support curriculum. A variety of themes are covered from year to year including gender in the classroom to cultural valuation in communities. Educators collaborate in a number of ways to consider powerful themes, strategies, and resources for literature. 

Marci Resnick Teacher Fund

The Marci Resnick Teacher Fund awards are made in the memory of Marci Resnick, a longtime elementary school teacher, who was also director of the Philadelphia Writing Project and associate director of National Programs for the National Writing Project. Through her love of children, her passion for literacy and the arts, and her commitment to teacher networks, she brought excitement about learning to her students, her colleagues in Philadelphia, and thousands of teachers throughout the country. The Marci Resnick Teacher Fund was created to honor her life and work. 

PhilWP Scholar

Since 1986, PhilWP has selected a teacher consultant to serve full-time as the PhilWP Scholar at Penn GSE. Supported by a fellowship provided in part by the Dean of the Graduate School of Education, the scholar spends two semesters on leave from the School District of Philadelphia to take graduate level courses through the Reading, Writing, and Literacy Program. To be considered for this opportunity, you must have successfully completed the Summer Invitational Institute. Interested PhilWP teacher consultants should contact the PhilWP office for more information.