Cal State Northridge Writing Project
Welcome to the Cal State Northridge Writing Project
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 https://csmp.ucop.edu/ 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.
Pajama PDs - interested in participating in Writing Project workshops from home? Join us in our first ever online and digital workshops.
Starting the Year Out Write
In this synchronous, digital, and interactive workshop, we will explore engaging ways of incorporating writing routines from the start of the school year. The cost is $35 and registration includes access to the live portion of the workshop as well as to an ongoing resource of materials through Google Classroom.
Register here for the elementary section of Starting the Year Out Write - August 14, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Register here for the secondary section of Starting the Year Out Write - August 14, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Professional Development for Schools and Districts
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 District, Lancaster High School, and several others. We are also the area provider for the Middle School Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC). More information about in-service offerings HERE. Read "Improving Writing, Improving Outcomes: The Cal State Northridge Writing Project" HERE.
Get in touch
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.