Programs for Teachers

The Philadelphia Writing Project (PhilWP) sponsors a number of programs for educators:

  • Invitational Summer Institute
  • College, Career, and Community Writers Program
  • Kid Writing: A Tool for Learning
  • A Celebration of Writing and Literacy
  • Publications Committee
  • Literature Circle
  • Marci Resnick Teacher Fund
In addition, PhilWP teacher consultants who have successfully completed the Summer Invitational Institute are invited to take part in additional programs.
  • Summer Institute II: Teacher Inquiry and Practice
  • PhilWP Scholar
  • Techlit Online Discussion Forum
Read more below about each of these programs for teachers.


Invitational Summer Institute

The 2017 Invitational Summer Institute took place July 17 - July 28. The 2017 Institute focused on writing and 21st century literacies. K-12 teachers across disciplines examined writing processes through Kid Writing, College-Ready Writing, and Poetry Inside Out (PIO), a unique multilingual program that teaches diverse learners to translate great poetry from the around the world. An orientation was held June 10, 9:00am - 3:00pm, at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about the institute and about joining our network.

College, Career, and Community Writers Program 

The College, Career, and Community Writers Program engages middle and high school teachers in an inquiry around teaching and assessing academic argument writing in their classrooms. The three-day Advanced Institute this past summer focused on a study of the books Rewriting, They Say/I Say and Transforming Talk into Text and encouraged teachers to explore and adapt curricular resources. Throughout the year, teachers will meet six times to discuss student work, collaborate on units, and explore ideas around the discourse of academic argument writing.

Find out more about the College, Career, and Community Writers Program.

Kid Writing: A Tool for Learning  

The Philadelphia Writing Project, working in collaboration with the Frances E. Willard and Philip H. Sheridan Elementary School communities, offered the Kid Writing program during the 2015-2016 school year. The project emphasized teacher professional development in tandem with opportunities for parents to actively support the writing of kindergarten and first grade students at home and at school. Our work is grounded in Kid Writing: A Systematic Approach to Phonics, Journals and Writing Workshop, written by two PhilWP TCs, Eileen G. Feldgus and Isabell Cardonick. An updated version, Kid Writing in the 21st Century, will be available early in 2017 from Hameray Publishing Group.  

Check out a Kid Writing video featuring students, teachers, and parents from Willard and Sheridan Elementary Schools.

This work was made possible with the generous support of the William Penn Foundation. To learn more about Kid Writing, contact the Philadelphia Writing Project at 215-898-1919 or email

The Celebration of Writing and Literacy

The annual Celebration of Writing and Literacy (CoWL) is held at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. Educators have the opportunity to participate in facilitated discussions centering around important educational issues and hands-on, teacher led workshops celebrating innovative reading and writing practices.

The theme of the 2017 conference was Teacher Research and Knowledge: A Celebration of Writing and Literacy. The conference was hosted in partnership with the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia (TIP)Mighty Writers and PennGSE's Reading/Writing/Literacy and Teacher Education programs and focused on teacher research and knowledge and the relationship between theory and practice.​

Keynote Speakers 

  • Diane Wood, Towson University
  • Maryland Writing Project Teacher Consultants

Featured Workshops and Roundtables 

  • Comic Book Madness 
  • Arts Plus Literacy: Exploring Possibilities for Collaboration 
  • Kid Writing: Getting Started on the Road to Literacy 
  • Innovation in Action: High School Makerspaces 

Click here to download a flier about the 2017 conference.

View descriptions of the conference sessions here.

Publications Committee

The Publications Committee supports the publication of teachers’ writings in the PhilWP Journal. Interested TCs should contact the PhilWP office to learn more about opportunities to work with the committee. 

Literature Circle

Educators convene in a Literature Circle to discuss selected books often used in Philadelphia classrooms or books that support curriculum. A variety of themes are covered from year to year including gender in the classroom to cultural valuation in communities. Educators collaborate in a number of ways to consider powerful themes, strategies and resources for literature.

Marci Resnick Teacher Fund

The Marci Resnick Teacher Fund awards are made in the memory of Marci Resnick, a longtime elementary school teacher, who was also director of the Philadelphia Writing Project and associate director of National Programs for the National Writing Project. Through her love of children, her passion for literacy and the arts, and her commitment to teacher networks, she brought excitement about learning to her students, her colleagues in Philadelphia, and thousands of teachers throughout the country. The Marci Resnick Teacher Fund was created to honor her life and work. Each year up to four teachers receive $500.00 to enhance their teaching practice and their work as teacher-leaders.

Find out how to support the Marci Resnick Teacher Fund.

Click here to apply online today.  Deadline April 30, 2018. 


Additional Programs for PhilWP Teacher Consultants



Summer Institute II is offered as an advanced institute for teacher consultants who want to engage in or expand teacher research projects. The focus on teacher inquiry leads to the development of individual research questions that teacher consultants explore upon returning to their classrooms. Six follow up sessions are held in the school year following the institute. The institute is open to teacher consultants who complete Summer Institute I. Participants also receive 1 continuing education credit.


Since 1986, PhilWP has selected a teacher consultant to serve full-time as the PhilWP Scholar at the Graduate School of Education. Supported by a fellowship provided in part by the dean of the Graduate School of Education, the scholar spends two semesters on leave from the School District of Philadelphia to take graduate level courses through the Reading, Writing, and Literacy Program in the Language in Education Division or the Foundations and Practices of Education Division. During this time the scholar provides leadership to the site in a number of creative ways. Interested PhilWP teacher consultants should contact the PhilWP office for more information.


Teacher consultants are invited to become members of a group listserv. Teacher consultants are provided an opportunity to receive program updates, information and various issues of concern circulated via asynchronous web discussions which take place on a technical list server provided by the University of Pennsylvania.