Illinois Writing Project

The Illinois Writing Project (IWP) provides professional development on teaching writing, reading, and the application of both skills for learning across the curriculum and across whole schools.

The Illinois Writing Project offers in-depth staff development on composition and other elements of language arts for all grade levels across the curriculum. We develop teacher leaders and help insure that instructional improvements spread throughout a school and sustain themselves long-term.

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Summer Leadership Institute and Workshop help participants grow as educators, writers 

Teachers as Writers, Teachers of Writers, Teachers as Leaders


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“This workshop has been life changing.  I have not only grown as an educator, but I have also grown personally.  The combination of writing and leadership activities allowed me to reflect on my role as a classroom teacher and as a leader within my school.”

“On the first day, someone said that a colleague described this workshop as ‘life-changing’. I can now wholeheartedly say that this statement is true. I am not the same writer that started here two weeks ago. I am not the same teacher. I am so much more.”

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April 30, 2016 – IWP Writing Palooza – a great success!

Over 100 students along with their parents and teachers gathered together at Alfred Nobel Elementary School in Chicago to celebrate writing.

The day began with Chicago journalist Adrienne Gibbs, who inspired us to get our voices heard.  Following were workshops on many types of real-world writing, filled with students drafting, sharing, laughing and learning.

This video explains the work of the Illinois Writing Project as well as the excitement of the Writing Palooza day.


Illinois Writing Project and Its New Writing Palooza from Free Spirit Media on Vimeo.


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