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The Cal State Northridge Writing Project

"Writing today is not a frill for the few, but an essential skill for the many. "

-National Commission on Writing in America's Schools and Colleges


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Cal State Northridge Writing Project
Kathleen D. Rowlands, Director
Michael D. Eisner College of Education
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265

Welcome to the Cal State Northridge Writing Project

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We are an affiliate of the National Writing Project and one of sixteen sites of the California Writing Project, part of the California Subject Matter Project. In a recent letter to LEAs, Tom Torlakson wrote, "Another valuable partner is the California Subject Matter Project (CSMP). With more than 90 regional sites statewide, the CSMP is a network of nine discipline-based communities of practice that promote high-quality teaching and leadership. The CSMP sites operate on the fundamental belief that rigorous professional learning, designed collaboratively by kindergarten through grade twelve and university educators, enhances learning for all students. More importantly, the CSMPs advance a “teachers teaching teachers” principle that is central to its sustainability. See the CSMP Web site at for more.”

Teacher Leaders from the Cal State Northridge Writing Project work with teachers, schools, and local districts to improve student writing and learning. Download a copy of our brochure for an overview of the Cal State Northridge Writing Project and our programs, and share it with colleagues. Contact us at to discuss how we might develop targeted professional learning to benefit YOUR teachers.

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We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Invitational Summer Institute (late June-mid July)! Open to educators from all disciplines at all grade levels, K-University, this four week professional learning experience will engage you, energize you, and change you as an educator! One former participant claims the experience changed her from "a school marm to a professional." If accepted, you will spend four wonderful weeks with smart, engaged professionals (like yourself) while earning a stipend of $600! Download our brochure HERE.

The Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) for Middle School. Gain the knowledge and acquire the materials to teach the newly released ERWC modules for 7th and 8th grades by participating in a 3-day Open Institute. Breakfast, lunch, and all materials included. Thursday, February 23, Thursday, March 2, and Thursday, March 30. Email with questions:

Back by popular demand, Demystifying the New ELD Standards is a morning workshop for Educators K-University that will teach you how to navigate California's ELD standards, understand their relationships to the CCCSS, and apply them effectively in your classroom. Saturday, February 25th from 9-noon. Download the flyer HERE.

Navigating the ELA-ELD Framework will show you how to read the 1,000+ page document that provides California educators with an effective linking of the CCCSS literacy standards and the ELD Standards. You will learn about the distinctions between "integrated and designated" ELD instruction (and the federal requirments governing the latter). You will lean how to navigate the document, finding the instructional snapshots, vignettes, and assessment tools designed to enable you to take such instruction into your classroom successfully. Saturday, March 11th from 9 to noon. Download the flyer HERE.

Improving Student Academic Writing (ISAW) is the California Writing Project’s nationally recognized program that provides teachers—secondary, community college, and university—with a professional community focused on empowering all students to write academically, analytically, and engagingly. ISAW shows teachers how to engage students in academic writing--the writing they'll be expected to produce once they leave high school. Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Our work with schools and districts has included providing ISAW professional development for English teachers from the Green Dot Schools and training of the trainers sessions in disciplinary literacies and the California Common Core State Standards for the Fillmore Unified School Distruct, Lancaster High School, and several others. More information about in-service offerings HERE.

We are excited about the many opportunities to improve writing and the teaching of writing in our service area. Please email us if you have suggestions for our Web site, ideas about programs you would like to see come to the Cal State Northridge Writing Project, or if you would like us to add your contact information to our email list.

If you are a Teacher Consultant from another Writing Project and interested in working with us, please send us an email, giving your name, professional affiliation, and your home Writing Project.

Watch this web site for program updates.