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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.

Sheridan Blau, author of The Literature Workshop presents Background Knowledge and the Challenge of Teaching Classic Literary Works, an interactive session focused on teaching practices for effective literature insruction. Download the flyer HERE.

Demystifying the ELD Standards July 18th from 9 until noon. Understand how to apply the ELD Standards as required in all classrooms. Receive a free color copy of the ELD standards. Discounted registration for Writing Project Teacher Leaders and all those with a valid CSUN ID. Sign up for both Demystifying the ELD Standards and Navigating the ELA-ELD Framework and enjoy a $20 discount!

Navigating the ELA-ELD Framework July 19th from 9 until noon. The ELA-ELD Framework is nearly a 1,000 pages and calls upon all California teachers to integrate ELD instruction into the literacy work in their classes. It also asks administrators to provide designated ELD instruction for their English Learners. This workshop helps educators navigate the document and understand the rich resources it offers to turn these requirements into instructional reality. Discounted registration for Writing Project Teacher Leaders and all those with a valid CSUN ID. Sign up for both Demystifying the ELD Standards and Navigating the ELA-ELD Framework and enjoy a $20 discount!

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. Wednesday, July 26-Friday, July 28 from 9-12.

The 2017 Write to Literacy Conference with multiple breakout sessions for educators at all levels and Keynote Speaker Kelly Gallagher. November 4, 2017 from 8:30 (registration) until 3. Continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and all materials included.

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. 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.