Programs for Teachers

Invitational Summer Institute

This year's Invitational Summer Institute will take place July 17 - July 28. The 2017 Institute focuses on writing and 21st century literacies. K-12 teachers across disciplines will examine 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 will be held June 10, 9:00am - 3:00pm, at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about the institute and about joining our network.  Register here.


The College Ready 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 Ready 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 is Teacher Research and Knowledge.

  • Click here to download a flier to print and share.  
  • Register here.  Preview 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.


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.