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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What’s new

Central California Writing Project Writing Matters! Support teachers and students in our region. Giving Day April 22, 2020 The Central California Writing Project provides professional learning opportunities for pre-K – University educators in Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey Counties to support them as they......

Annual Spring Mini-Conference Inquiry and Equity: Teaching Writing that Matters CCWP: Teacher Consultants Discipline-Focused Workshops Workshops will include strategies and resources for elementary and secondary teachers of Math, Science, History/Social Science, and English Language Arts. Please contact Esperanza Zamora for more information at zamora@ucsc.edu...

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......

  TGIF  with the Central California Writing Project Friday, Nov 30, 2018, from 4 to 6 pm Join us and find out How to bring the professional development you want to your school When the CCWP is offering open programs for any teacher What is......

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.

Donate to CCWP

We are working on the development of a streamlined opportunity to donate to the Central California Writing Project.  In the meantime, please contact the CCWP office or send a check to CCWP.

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Meet our Teacher Fellows

Meet the teacher fellows and get inspired! Learn about their topics of inquiry and classroom projects and curricular ideas.

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