Hawai‘i Writing Project (HWP)

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Hawai‘i Writing Project Mission: Literacy Leadership and Partnership

The Hawai‘i Writing Project is celebrating 30 years of providing literacy-related teacher professional development to K-16 educators across the Hawaiian Islands. The HWP mission is “to improve and integrate the teaching of writing and reading in Hawai`i's schools.” Committed to serving the broadest range of teachers and students in Hawai`i, HWP is particularly interested in:

  • Helping teachers to understand the power of writing as a way of learning in all subject areas, connecting reading, writing, and thinking;
  • Honoring Hawai‘i's diverse peoples, rich cultural heritage, language, and unique island environment; and
  • Working in partnership with others for the betterment of education and community in Hawai‘i.

State affiliate of the National Writing Project

The Hawai‘i Writing Project is the Hawai‘i state affiliate of the National Writing Project. The NWP began at the University of California at Berkeley in 1974. Today, there are 200 writing project sites across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, as well as sites in Canada and Europe. The NWP is the only federally funded program that focuses on the teaching of writing. Support for the NWP is provided by the U.S. Department of Education, foundations, corporations, universities, and K-12 schools. The NWP and its state affiliates are successful because they support teachers in becoming competent writers themselves and better teachers of writing. Research has shown the effectiveness of the NWP teacher professional development model of “teachers teaching teachers.” For more information about NWP research, visit their website.

Site-based In-Service: Supporting the Common Core State Standards

With the support of two $20K federal SEED Grants, the HWP provides site-based literacy professional development customized to meet the literacy needs of public, charter, and private schools in Hawai‘i. Because we are a local organization, we provide ongoing support and literacy professional development that meets the needs of students in Hawai‘i.  The HWP is currently providing in-service PD with a number of partner schools on O'ahu in support of the Common Core State Standard implementation. Site-based in-service is offered throughout the year. Please contact Director Marnie Masuda or Co-Director Ellen Spitler for more information.

2016 Invitational Summer Institute

Summer institutes have the power to change people.  Please join us and bring a friend or colleague to share your experience!

Each year the Hawai‘i Writing Project (HWP), works with educators, across grades and disciplines, introducing them to writing practices and theories that will motivate teachers and students alike, and help them discover—or rediscover—its joys.  Those who complete the Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) become teacher consultants whose job it is to provide motivation and leadership in the teaching of writing within their communities. Together, we are dedicated to improving writing instruction in our nation’s schools and to promoting the use of writing as a tool for thinking and literacy learning across disciplines. 

* Due to great interest and demand, the 2016 Invitational Summer Institute has been filled.  For future Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) or Professional Development (PD) opportunities, please contact Director Stephanie Furuta at (808) 956-4390 or furutas@hawaii.edu to be placed on an email announcement list.

“Nothing prepared me for the intensity, and power, of the Summer Institute. My teaching has changed for the better, and I have changed the way I see myself—forever.”

(2012 ISI Teacher Consultant)