Central Connecticut Writing Project

Literacy, Elementary, and Early Childhood Education

Literacy Education Programs


Central Connecticut Writing Project



The Central Connecticut Writing Project, a National Writing Project site, began in 2005. Our central mission is to develop teachers as writers and as teachers of writing. Since 2005, approximately 100 teachers have impacted their classroom instruction as a direct result of their participation in the Invitational Summer Institute (ISI).


The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners. The NWP is a network of sites anchored at colleges and universities and serving teachers across disciplines and at all levels.

Sites provide professional development, develop resources, generate research, and act on knowledge to improve the teaching of writing and learning in schools and communities.

Central Connecticut Writing Project is a National Writing Project site.


The Invitational Summer Institute provides the single-most lasting impact on teachers and, in turn, on their students.

The ISI is held each year for teachers interested in developing as writers and as teachers of writing. Teachers benefit immediately from their institute experience. But it doesn't stop there. When the teachers return to their classrooms, their students benefit from being members of a class that quickly becomes transformed into a vibrant community in which writing is incorporated in meaningful, standards-driven ways across the curriculum.

Furthermore, through both formal and informal professional development, CCWP teachers share new knowledge and expertise with their colleagues. The benefits to Connecticut teachers and students are far reaching.

Professional Development

The CCWP works in partnership with area districts to offer high-quality professional development programs for educators.

Examples of programs include:

  • A workshop series on teaching digital writing
  • A student writing program on persuasive writing
  • An open-institute idea exchange
  • Establishing an on-site professional learning community
  • Writing to learn
  • Home-school-community academic connections
  • Facilitated study groups
  • Teacher inquiry projects