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Illinois State Writing Project

About Us

An affiliate of the National Writing Project, the ISWP sponsors teachers who teach teachers in Peoria, Bartonville, Eureka, Lasalle, Henry, El Paso, Streator, Danville, Decatur, Clinton, Heyworth, Springfield, Lincoln, Atlanta, as well as University High School in Normal, Central Catholic Schools, Trinity Lutheran Schools, Mulberry School, and the two unit districts (Unit 5 and District 87) in Normal and Bloomington.


  • To improve student writing and learning in K-16 classrooms in central Illinois
  • To extend the uses of writing in all disciplines
  • To provide central Illinois schools with an effective professional development system
  • To identify, celebrate, and enhance the professional role of successful classroom teachers in central Illinois

Services Provided

  • Two Invitational Summer Institutes that bring together successful teachers of writing from all grade levels, K-university--the Institute has developed 135 Teacher Leaders in the last nine years.
  • New Teacher Outreach Program--professional development specifically designed for new teachers, addressing issues in the teaching of writing through a year-long series of bi-monthly workshops.
  • In-Service programs that provide a range of summer and school-year programs planned and conducted for teachers in schools and districts throughout central Illinois--over 500 teachers served in these programs in nine years, over 50,000 students in central Illinois served.
  • Continuity programs that provide local teachers with continuing support, enrichment and opportunities for leadership--over 4000 teachers served in teacher conferences and conference presentations, over 400,000 students served through these teachers.
  • Participating universities, schools and districts that provide financial and personnel support for the local university-based NWP site--$141,000 in federal funds matched with over $180,000 in university, school, and district funds.
  • Extensive teacher research (many of our teachers have written theses and dissertations using Writing Project research and pedagogy), on-going five-week Saturday young writers' workshops led by Teacher Leaders, and advanced workshops for advanced Teacher Consultants (those who have completed in-service workshops) and Leaders.