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Our Commitments

Our Collective Vision

Within the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, we call ourselves the “Beloved Community” — a philosophy popularized by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Central to the commitment of constructing and contributing to our Beloved Community is a collective vision that: 

  • We can transform education and our world. 

  • Teachers and their students should use writing for learning, healing, taking action, and making art.  

  • Young writers can contribute to transformational change through writing in school and out-of-school settings.  

  • Professional development is ongoing throughout a teacher’s career. 

  • Successful practicing teachers are the best teachers of other teachers.