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 over 40 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 (https://www.nwp.org/).

Invitational Summer Institute

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

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. 

Hawaiʻi Writing Project’s Invitational Summer Institute: Effective Writing Practices

Dates: June 5-7, 11-3, & one Saturday in the Fall semester (TBA)
8:30 am – 3:00pm
Location: UH-Mānoa’s College of Education
Registration TBA: UH graduate credit or PDE3 credit

If you are interested in participating in this summer’s Invitational Summer Institute: Effective Writing Practices, please refer to the Application and Institute Flyer on the right sidebar. Applications are due by Friday, March 8.

I was a bit skeptical when I was asked to sign up for the Hawaii Writing Project’s
Summer Institute in 2017, I wasn’t sure how much it would impact my teaching, and if I had the time to participate. I was quite surprised by the depth and intensity that was presented through the Institute. In the end it was an eye opening experience that has already impacted my classroom, students, and emphasis on writing as a whole. I was excited to learn new ways to put writing in the forefront of my student work, to encourage them to become writers, to think like writers. So often as a content based educators, we get focused on the content, and making sure that we cover the content, that we hit all the targets. Even as an English teacher I often push writing to the side, in an effort to meet the standards in the other areas. However, through this course I found new strategies to implement writing more consistently, to hit standards, and for the simple purpose of writing.
(HWP ISI 2017 Teacher Consultant)