Welcome to the Red Cedar Writing Project!

Red Cedar Writing Project (RCWP) is Michigan State University’s site of the National Writing Project. The cornerstone of the project is a four-week Summer Institute (SI) in which teachers focus on becoming more effective writers, teachers of writing, and teacher leaders. At the conclusion of the Summer Institute, teachers earn the internationally recognized credential, National Writing Project Teacher-Consultant (TC).

Each year, in addition to the Summer Institute, RCWP  offers open institutes for teachers who are not connected with the network, as well as a multitude of summer youth programs and professional development opportunities for school districts.

Red Cedar Writing Project TCs act as leaders in our site’s work through opportunities to develop in-service for their own schools and other districts, as well as state and national organizations. RCWP teachers also join one another in a variety of continuity events designed to sustain them as writers, researchers, leaders, and teachers of writing.

The National Writing Project (NWP)

For over 30 years, the National Writing Project (NWP) has championed a “teachers teaching teachers” model of professional development learning communities. During Summer Institutes (SI) at more than 200 universities in every state of the nation, teachers reshape their own identities as writers by demonstrating and interrogating best practices in approaches to writing and teaching writing. Participants engage in writing groups, identify questions they have related to teaching writing, and emerge in reading that expands their understanding of their students, contexts, and pedagogies.

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Accepting Applications for Invitational Summer Institute (Summer 2023)

Red Cedar Writing Project, Michigan State University’s site of the National Writing Project, is excited to accept applications for the 2023  Invitational Invitational Summer Institute on the campus of MSU. Designed for teachers of writing in any discipline and with any age level (K-16), ISI offers a professional development experience and community to develop as teachers, as leaders, and as writers. 

ISI will run for two weeks in July, the weeks of the 10th and 17th, M-Th 9-5, with one 9-5 preview day in mid-June after area schools are out. 

Throughout the ISI teachers will demonstrate promising approaches to writing instruction, focus on their own writing skills, participate in writing groups, identify questions they have related to the teaching and practice of writing, and engage in reading that expands their understandings of literacy pedagogies, policies, and research.

At the conclusion of the ISI, teachers are identified as RCWP Teacher Consultants (TCs)and NWP Teacher Leaders—a credential recognized in all 50 states and nine foreign countries. TCs are frequently invited to design and conduct workshops on teaching reading and writing for their own districts and to be presenters for other school districts. They are also asked to be part of various RCWP community and school programs, grant opportunities, and ongoing research and writing opportunities.

To apply, please complete this form here by Feb 24th. Applicants will be invited for an informal conversation in early March.



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