Mission Statement

The mission of the Central California Writing Project is to improve the teaching of writing and improve learning in California schools. Through its professional development model, the Central California Writing Project recognizes the primary importance of teacher knowledge, expertise, and leadership.

The Central California Writing Project believes that access to high-quality educational experiences is a basic right of all learners and a cornerstone of equity. Through its extensive network of teachers, the Central California Writing Project seeks to promote exemplary instruction of writing in every classroom.

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.

Foundational Principles

A California Subject Matter Project Site and an affiliate of the National Writing Project and California Writing Project, the CCWP is dedicated to improving the teaching of writing in Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties. We promote ongoing conversations among educators at all levels—from kindergarten through university—on the theory and practice of teaching writing. As the CCWP has grown, we have shaped a particular commitment to, and have drawn leadership from, teachers of English language learners.

The CCWP encourages diverse approaches to the teaching of writing. We promote no set formulas or packaged plans, though we are committed to an underlying philosophy:

Teachers are the key to improving education, and the best teachers of teachers are other teachers.

Knowledge about teaching writing results from an interaction between theory and practice.

Meaningful change happens over time.

Teachers of writing must write.

The teaching of writing is vital to a democratic society.

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