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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 a local site of the National Writing Project, which "focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners."

2019 NWP Midwest Conference

MWP is hosting the NWP Midwest Conference in August 2019! Click here for details and to view our call for proposals!

Showcasing MWP teachers

Our Teacher Showcase feature gives 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.

Waleid Hassan
Grade you teach:
9th-12th grades
School: Osseo High School
Summer Institute Writing:
Teaching Demonstration: Addition Segment Postulate and Congruent Segments

Reflections on teaching

How has your participation in the Summer Institute influenced your beliefs about the instruction of writing? Everyone is a writer and has an amazing story to tell. "Good writing" is so abstract. It goes beyond proper grammar, big words, and a standard five-paragraph paper. "Good writing" is meaningful, creative, deep, and personal.

Describe one “take-away” from the Summer Institute that you plan to share with your colleagues or implement in your classroom. Just try to figure out meaningful ways to incorporate writing in math.

In what ways does writing positively impact your students? Writing gives students the opportunity and space to pause and think about what they have learned, what's going on in their lives or the world.

What do students need in your school to become better writers? It all start with teachers. If teachers (including myself) learn about the impact that writing can have on students and their learning, then we would be prompted to implement writing in our practice.


link to past showcases page

MWP video: Teachers Celebrate MWP’s Invitational Summer Institute

From our first institute in 1991 to 2016, 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




The Minnesota Writing Project is an official site of the National Writing Project and is housed in the Center for Writing, College of Liberal Arts, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

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