Professional Development

RWP Teacher/Consultants possess in-depth content knowledge that supports the Content Standards for California Public Schools. Teacher/Consultants share research-based “best practices,” model effective writing instruction, and facilitate time for participants to apply newly acquired knowledge to their specific classrooms. The format of RWP’s professional development training is based upon school/district needs and may include the following:

  • Partnerships (in-depth, ongoing professional development to build knowledge and pedagogy about effective writing instruction across content areas)
  • Site Conferences
  • Workshop Series (two-hour, half-day, or full-day options with a varying number of sessions)
  • Lesson Study Teams
  • One-on-One Coaching
  • Professional Learning Communities


RWP professional development focuses on equipping teachers to meet literacy goals such as these:

  • Using technology to support effective writing and critical thinking
  • Enriching current writing programs through teacher collaboration and reflection
  • Developing a scope/sequence for writing instruction across content areas
  • Improving writing through revision and editing, conferring, and peer evaluation
  • Developing and implementing rubrics and standards-based assessments
  • Preparing students to be successful in on-demand writing situations (including the 4th & 7th grade writing assessment, CAHSEE, SAT, and AP exams)
  • Improving reading comprehension across content areas through writing instruction
  • Designing curriculum to address Common Core Standards


Options for Funding

As a National and California Writing Project affiliate, RWP is a federal and state-approved inservice provider. RWP programs may therefore be paid for with categorical funding sources including but not limited to NCLB; 80-hour professional development follow-up component to the 40-hour English/Language Arts instructional materials training (SB 472); California’s Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program; GATE; Incentive Grants; and School Improvement Program and Special Education professional development funds. RWP can assist Local Education Agencies in designing professional development plans that meet one or all NCLB goals and in writing grant applications. Program cost will be determined through an assessment of staff needs and based upon the number of participants, format of professional development, and level of ongoing support.