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January 2022

Who are we?

The Central California Writing Project is a professional development organization affiliated with the National Writing Project and California Writing Project.  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 do?

The Central California Writing Project promotes exemplary instruction of writing in every classroom.  We offer a variety of programs and professional learning opportunities that support ongoing conversations among educators– in different school contexts– and with a diversity of students at all levels—from kindergarten through university—on the theory and practice of teaching writing.

Why are we important?

The Central California Writing Project believes that teachers deserve to participate in high-quality educational experiences that are teacher-driven and context-relevant; designed to suit the needs of teachers’ individual students, classrooms and schools. Our organization can support you in designing or participating in professional learning that best suits your unique needs and goals.


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  • Central California Writing Project Writing Matters! Giving Day November 3, 2021 The Central California Writing Project supports the development of anti-racist and culturally sustaining pedagogies with a focus on writing instruction. We need your help to provide professional learning for pre-K–University educators in Santa Cruz,......

  • A list of Recommended Indigenous Children’s Picture Books Dr. Judith Scott and Donna Scott November 2020 Since this is Native American Heritage Month, and the Thanksgiving holiday and Native American Heritage Day is approaching, we thought it would be useful to compile a list of......

  • Thank you for your interest in our CCWP Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) 2021 This institute is designed for inquiry-focused professional learning for teachers of all subjects/disciplines and all grade levels, K-University, including teachers of math, science, history/SS, ELA, and teachers of multi-lingual learners.  What we......

The CCWP offers customized professional development that varies at each site. CCWP Teacher Leaders work collaboratively with schools and districts to design meaningful professional development programs.

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DONATE NOW!  Central California Writing Project.  Please contact the CCWP office at 831-45-4506 and or send a check to Central Calfornia Writing Project, UCSC, Education Department 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064.

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