Who are we?

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Who are we?
The Central California Writing Project is a non-profit, professional development organization for teachers, affiliated with two larger parent organizations: The California Writing Project at the state level–and The National Writing Project at the national level.

The California Writing Project is a member of the California Subject Matter Project (CSMP) network of nine discipline-specific projects administered by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) that provide high-quality professional development for K-12 teachers throughout California. Each project is represented statewide by regional sites on the campuses of UC, California State University, and independent colleges and universities.

What is our mission?
Our extensive network of teacher-consultants are dedicated to improving the teaching of writing in Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties through a range of diverse professional learning experiences for teachers of all levels.

What do we believe?
The Central California Writing Project believes that all students and teacher-learners have a basic right to high-quality education and it is our responsibility to facilitate access to those educational experiences in the pursuit of equity across all populations. The Central California Writing Project values diversity—our own as well as that of our students, their families, and their communities. We recognize that our lives and practices are enriched when those with whom we interact represent diversities of race, gender, class, ethnicity, and language.

The Central California Writing Project values diversity—our own as well as that of our students, their families, and their communities. We recognize that our lives and practices are enriched when those with whom we interact represent diversities of race, gender, class, ethnicity, and language.

Meet our CCWP staff:

  1. CCWP Director
    Louann Baker
  2. Grants and Professional Development
    Kara Willett
  3. Principal Investigator
    Judith Scott
  4. Co-Principal Investigator
    Cindy Cruz
  5. Co-Principal Investigator
    Lucinda Alvarez

Meet our Associate Directors:

  1. Associate Director
    Open Programs

    Nancy Harray
  2. Associate Director
    Open Programs

    Melissa Ackerman
  3. Associate Director
    Youth Programs

    Jennifer Clayton
  4. Associate Director
    Youth Programs

    Margo Kipps
  5. Associate Director
    Secondary Professional Learning

    Theresa Rainey
  6. Associate Director
    Secondary Professional Learning

    Kathy Corcoran

  7. Associate Director
    Elementary Professional Learning

    Angelique Bright
  8. Associate Director
    Invitational Leadership Institute

    Carol Glenn

Meet our Teacher Fellows:

  1. Monica DeLeon
    Shoreline Middle School
  2. Johnnie Wilson
    UCSC MA/C Program
  3. Eunie Del Rosario
    Shoreline Middle School
  4. Jennie Lemieux
    Lakeview Middle School
  5. Julie Wiley
    Linscott Charter School
  6. Calypso Harmon
    Shoreline Middle School
  7. Brady Lindberg
    Shoreline Middle School
  8. Michelle McKinney
    Monarch Community School
  9. Peter Gray
    Hartnell College
  10. Lisa Fowler
    Linscott Charter School
  11. Joseph Shannon
    Harbor High School
  12. Maribel Cachu-Rios
    Virginia Rocca Barton
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