Founded in 1985 and affiliated with the National Writing Project (NWP) in Berkeley, California, the Rhode Island Writing Project (RIWP), based at Rhode Island College, is a network of teachers who are dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning in all schools. RIWP teachers work in all content areas and at all grade levels, helping students become thoughtful readers and writers and connecting reading, writing and content area learning.

Reflecting the NWP model of "teachers teaching teachers," RIWP teachers are leaders in their schools and communities who work to support students as they become avid, accomplished writers, readers, and inquirers. By relying on the expertise of the educators who know students best--Rhode Island teachers--the RIWP provides sustained, supportive professional development work in the Summer Institute, Open Air Institute, Spring Conference and Embedded Institutes. By supplementing teachers' knowledge and skills in cultivating their students' diverse literacy practices, we work toward positive social change.All program leaders have participated in the Summer Institute and are considered teacher consultants. They grow and sustain their own professional growth while sharing their learning and expertise with colleagues around the state.

The vision of the RIWP is to maintain a consistent, coherent presence as a community of literacy professionals who hear, value, and advocate for Rhode Island teachers and students at the school, state, and national levels. We work toward a more just society by using critical theories and meaningful, relevant practices to transform literacy teaching and learning in a rapidly evolving global society.

PL Offerings

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Summer Institute


Advanced Institute


Embedded Institutes


Evidence of Impact

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