Our Impact

The Philadelphia Writing Project (PhilWP) became a National Writing Project site at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in Philadelphia in 1986. With a network of over 800 educators in the Greater Philadelphia region, the Philadelphia Writing Project affects the lives of thousands of young people.

PhilWP has only one primary service area--the city and county of Philadelphia. Our professional development efforts are focused on the public, private, religious, and charter school communities that make up this large, urban, and highly diverse city. Most of PhilWP’s work, however, has been in traditional public schools of the School District of Philadelphia.

About the School District of Philadelphia

The School District of Philadelphia is the eighth-largest school district in the nation by enrollment (according to figures updated in April, 2018). It currently has 202,538 students. The School District of Philadelphia serves a population that includes 53% African American students, 6% Asian students, 19% Hispanic students, 14% white students, 7% listed as multiracial or "other", and less than 1% of students listed as American Indian/Alaskan Native or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander in more than 330 schools. The district includes 151 elementary schools, 16 middle schools, 57 high schools, 84 charter schools, and 27 schools that provide alternative education. The school district also serves over 22,000 ELL students, who speak more than 70 languages. 

PhilWP and Philadelphia Schools

In the 2015-2016 school year, 761 educators participated in PhilWP professional development programs, resulting in over 15,000 contact hours with teachers.  PhilWP hosted multiple programs for educators, parents, and students, including the Walk for Literacy, Celebration of Writing and Literacy, and the Friday Night Writes series.

Between the years of 2011 and 2016, PhilWP had over 50,000 total contact hours with over 2,000 educators (some educators may have participated in more than one year) across the greater Philadelphia region.  These educators have taken what they have learned and practiced with PhilWP back into their classrooms and schools. Over 100 Philadelphia area schools have participated with PhilWP.

Find out more about the programs PhilWP sponsors for:

2017-2018 Programs and Professional Development

The Philadelphia Writing Project continues to work toward educational equity through a diverse set of programs and professional development sessions.

  • Advanced Summer Institute II (summer sessions, Penn Ethnography Forum presentations)
  • Teacher Research and Knowledge: A Celebration of Writing and Literacy
  • Walk for Literacy
  • Invitational Summer Institute (Recruitment, selections, summer sessions, pre- and post-summer sessions)
  • Invitational ELL Summer Institute (Recruitment, selections, summer sessions, pre- and post-summer sessions)
  • Project Write Summer Writing Camp with Independence National Historical Park
  • Boys Write Now
  • Friday Night Writes
  • Leadership Team (Site Development team meetings and annual Leadership Retreat)
  • Marci Resnick Teacher Fund awards
  • Marci Resnick Memorial Lending Library for Teachers
  • National Writing Project Annual Meeting presentations
  • National Writing Project Spring Meeting presentations
  • Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Health and Wellness Conference writing workshop
  • PhilWP Journal
  • PhilWP Scholar
  • PhilWP Update newsletter
  • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards (Judging sessions, kickoff event, awards ceremony)
  • Urban Sites Network Conference presentations