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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.

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 teacherKristen Konop (KK)
Grade you teach:
5th grade
School: Hmong College Prep Academy
Teacher twitter: @KKwnds
Summer Institute Writing: The Color of Honey
Summer Institute Demonstration: Storyboarding: a Pre-Writing Activity (.pdf file)

Reflections on teaching:
How has the MWP experience impacted your teaching? MWP has taught me how to see myself not just as a facilitator of writers but also as a writer myself. It has allowed me to have a much stronger student lens to look through when it comes to facilitating the writing process in my classroom. By having my own adult writing group, and the power of that process, this is a process that will live in our community of writers at school.

What are your beliefs about writing?
“If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.” —Peter Handke

book coverWhat is a book on writing or the teaching of writing that you would recommend (and why)? Because Writing Matters: Improving Student Writing in Our Schools by Carl Nagin. This is a good book for grade level teams, PLCs, Leadership Teams, Administration, or any group that is looking to make a school wide change in how writing is being taught in all content areas and to all learners.


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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Assignments Matter Workshop, Wednesday, 5 August 2015

If you are a middle or high school teacher, you'll want to look into this free workshop. Register soon! It's filling fast.