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Minnesota Writing Project

The Minnesota Writing Project aims to improve K–college literacy in Minnesota. Housed within the Center for Writing at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, MWP is the local site of the National Writing Project, an authorized provider of No Child Left Behind.

MWP video: Teachers Celebrate MWP’s Invitational Summer Institute

From our first institute in 1991 to 2015, teachers share their experiences of participating.  Enjoy this short video featuring  several teachers identifying the impact the institute has had on their personal and professional lives.   

Ann Thompson, Producer
Charlie McCarron, Videographer

click here for a full-screen version of the video

Showcasing MWP teachers:

Much of what we read in the local education section of the newspaper describes shifting tests scores or school closings. It is infrequent that we are offered a peek into the mind and heart of teachers. Our new Teacher Showcase feature will give our recent ISI participants a chance to speak their mind about the teaching of writing and the need for quality professional development. Return often to read these profiles.

photo of teacherKay Rosheim
Grade you teach:
6th grade
School: Forest Hills Elementary, Eden Prairie
Teacher twitter: KayRosheim
Summer Institute Writing: The Gift of Life
Summer Institute Demonstration: Real-World Writing in the Classroom (.pdf file)

Reflections on teaching:
How has the MWP experience impacted your teaching? The opportunity to work with teacher-writers has inspired me to try writing groups in my own middle school classroom. I will use flexible writing groups in my classroom and teach students how to give and receive feedback and to work collaboratively. Besides instructing students on how to develop their writing skills, the lessons learned in writing groups transcends the classroom into developing life skills.

What are your beliefs about writing? Reading and writing are reciprocal and should be taught this way. Both are foundational literacy skills that should be incorporated into all content areas in order to acquire knowledge. In order to become a writer one has to dedicate time to write. Teachers should write and model their writing in front of students so students can understand the kinds of decisions writers make. When students see themselves as writers they see their voices have power.

book coverWhat is a book on writing or the teaching of writing that you would recommend (and why)? Read Write Teach: Choice and Challenge in the Reading–Writing Workshop by Linda Rief is filled with valuable ideas that I will use in my classroom. The book is grounded in beliefs and goals for students that align with the goals I hold for my own students.


link to past showcases page

Believing that teachers can empower other teachers, members provide an environment in which teachers can learn from one another and then share that learning with others in their classrooms, departments, schools, and districts. MWP is committed to improving the literacy of all students, strengthening university and school collaboration on reading and writing instruction, and increasing the professional power of teachers in meeting state standards and the curricular demands of NCLB.


Identifies exemplary teachers who can teach other teachers

Encourages teachers to write

Assists schools and districts in identifying their literacy needs and supports them in meeting those needs through pertinent staff development

Supports long-term reform and improvement in literacy instruction through classroom-based, action research

Maintains partnerships between schools and the University

Promotes cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity and understanding within MWP

For additional information, see About MWP.


Muriel Thompson, Director

The Minnesota Writing Project is funded in part by the Center for Writing, the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, and the National Writing Project.

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