Welcome to NWP-KSU

The National Writing Project-Kent State University (NWP-KSU) has been a National Writing Project site since 1997.  NWP-KSU is committed to improving teaching and learning in Northeast Ohio through teacher leadership and professional development.

  • Believing that teachers can empower other teachers, NWP-KSU brings together successful teachers to examine their practices and engage in classroom-based research.
  • Believing that writing is as fundamental to learning in science, mathematics, and history as it is to learning in English and language arts, NWP-KSU is open to teachers from all levels of instruction and disciplines.
  • Believing that writing is best taught by teachers who are themselves writers, NWP-KSU engages its participants in the process of writing and in dialogue on the teaching of writing.

The National Writing Project is authorized under NCLB, Title II, Part C, as providers of standards-aligned professional development for teachers and administrators.

Who We Serve

Providing a strong, on-going link between Kent State University and local schools, NWP-KSU serves the counties of Ashtabula, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, lake, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Tuscarawas.

Our Mission

The mission of National Writing Project at Kent State University is to bring teachers together to share their professional expertise as writers and teachers of writers.  This collaboration, which empowers teachers by honoring their informed decision-making, promotes student achievement across the curriculum and grade levels.  National Writing Project at Kent State University believes this learning happens best in a supportive community and values the time that meaningful professional development requires.  It is in this environment that lead learners and teacher leaders grow and flourish.

Faculty and Support Staff

Project Director: Dr. Alexa Sandmann

Co-Director and Outreach Program Coordinator: Kate Walley

Assistant Directors: Dr. Lori Wilfong and Jeff Harr

Technology Coordinator: Chelsea Swick