IL Chicago Area WP Partners With The Center for the Collaborative Classroom

Dec 6, 2015
Posted by: nicoletteamann

IL Chicago WP partners with The Center for the Collaborative Classroom to co-sponsor three workshops and finds the Being a Writer and Making Meaning curriuculm to be an effective fit for local teachers' needs. 


We mentioned in our last report that we had been introduced by the National Writing Project Interim Director Judy Buchanan to the Developmental Studies Center (now called The Center for the Collaborative Classroom), which developed the Being a Writer program.  Judy mentioned that their material reflected much of the NWP philosophy of writing instruction and that the CCC had already worked closely with several NWP sites and sought connections with other sites in particular geographic areas like Chicago to better serve teachers.  During the 2014-15 school year, CAWP Director Barbara Kato and CAWP TC Debbie Brown attended a CCC workshop on reading strategies.  Later, CAWP sponsored three CCC workshops in July and August 2015, which were well-received by its participants. 

We are excited about this partnership since some of the schools contacting us are asking for our help in creating an entire writing curriculum.  Other schools who sponsor CAWP programs one year hire new teachers the following year who have missed the CAWP training.  We have found that the Being a Writer program provides a structure and detailed support for teaching writing that many schools need and that PD alone cannot provide.  In addition, their reading program called Making Meaning, fits well with our use of mentor texts, reading-writing connection, showing literary elements in texts, etc.  We have found  this partnership to be mutually beneficial since we have recently developed some wonderful meeting spaces in our office building, and the CCC helps to advertise our workshops in their listserve mailings.   Currently, we plan to submit a joint proposal as Professional Development Providers for larger PD programs to the Chicago Public Schools