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October 2020

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

SOS: Sharing Our Solutions: Online Strategies for Success
  • Central California Writing Project Writing Matters! Giving Day September 30, 2020 The Central California Writing Project (CCWP) 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......

  • We, the directors of the 15 California Writing Project sites, stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. We are saddened and horrified by the murders of the past few weeks—the latest manifestation of the racism that began 400 years ago with the colonizing of what......

  • Coming Together in a Time of Unrest CCWP Zoom Gathering JOIN US! Saturday, June 6, 2020 10:00 am – 11:15 am Please join us to share our thoughts and feelings about injustice, antiracism and activism in our world and schools as we watch and hear......

CCWP Invitational Leadership Institute Postponed

In the context of uncertainty, we are sad that we need to postpone our 2020 Invitational Leadership Institute until summer 2021. Please check back in the fall for registration information for our 2021 summer ILI.

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 831-45-4506 or send a check to CCWP attention Esperanza Zamora, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA.

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