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The Western Pennsylvania Writing project is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. Since 1984, WPWP has been a vital resource for teachers of writing and writers in the Western Pennsylvania region. We explore writing, literacy, teaching, and learning in communities (schools, classrooms, organizations) as a practice of community. We enter into learning communities as teachers teaching teachers to form collaborations aimed at helping to build and shape literacy practices.  

We are a site of the National Writing Project, the largest organization in the US devoted to writing education. The National Writing Project is a network of 175 university-sponsored sites dedicated to improving the teaching of writing and learning in schools and communities nationwide. Reflecting the National Writing Project model of "teachers teaching teachers," the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project network of educators are leaders in their schools and communities who work to support learners as they themselves grow as writers and thinkers.  

Within our network of dedicated educators, writers, and leaders, we believe that the best teacher of a teacher is another teacher. We believe that educators are the best agents of education reform and school improvement. We center writing and literacy in all learning, regardless of discipline or space. We respect the culture and linguistic histories and resources of all learners. We are committed to learning across a professional career span. We are committed to cultivating writing community because we see it as essential for teaching writing.

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Our Team

Meet the director and other team members behind the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project.