Programs for Teachers

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

Invitational Summer Institute

The Philadelphia Writing Project is open to all teachers in all Philadelphia schools. In order to become a Teacher Consultant and a member of our network of more than 800 teachers, you must complete the Invitational Summer Institute.  

Learn more about the Invitational Summer Institute here.

Teachers who have successfully completed the Summer Invitational Institute are invited to take part in additional programs for PhilWP Teacher Consultants.

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 focuses on a study of selected books and encourages 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.

Learn more about the College, Career, and Community Writers Program.

Kid Writing: A Tool for Learning  

Kid Writing is designed to accelerate the reading and writing skills of young learners through structured activities that help teachers individualize instruction and develop students’ phonics, spelling, and writing skills.

Our work is grounded in Kid Writing in the 21st Century: A Systematic Approach to Phonics, Spelling, and Writing Workshop by Feldgus, Cardonick, and Gentry, 2017. Developed by PhilWP Teacher Consultants Eileen Feldgus and Isabel Cardonick, the program emphasizes 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.

To see Kid Writing in action, view our 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.

Interested in professional development around Kid Writing? Visit our Kid Writing: Teacher Resources page for teacher professional development videos to guide you through the Kid Writing process.

To learn more about Kid Writing, contact the Philadelphia Writing Project at 215-898-1919 or email philwp@gse.upenn.edu.

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.

Learn more about the Celebration of Writing and Literacy here.

INQUIRY COMMUNITIES

The Philadelphia Writing Project believes that teachers are best supported when they are provided the space to explore their practice in a collaborative setting with other practitioners. Establishing inquiry-based communities to better the teaching of writing has been a central tenet of PhilWP’s work since 1986.

Learn more about Inquiry Communities 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 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.