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College Ready Writers Program

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UWP has completed a three-year million dollar grant designed to increase rural South Carolina students’ writing achievements and college and career readiness. UWP worked with six school districts -- Florence 2, Greenwood 51, Union, Anderson 3, Bamberg 2 and Orangeburg 4 -- as part of the National Writing Project College Ready Writers Program (CRWP), funded by the US Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation grant program. UWP was the only writing project in the Southeast selected to participate.

Through the College Ready Writers Program, UWP has offered institutes, classroom demonstrations, and a study of effective practices in academic writing instruction with a particular focus on writing and reading arguments. The grant focused on ELA classrooms in grades 7-10 in Florence 2, Greenwood 51 and Union districts, with intensive professional development and coaching in the schools. Anderson 3, Bamberg 2 and Orangeburg 4 districts served as control districts for the first two years of the study so that researchers could evaluate the effectiveness of the professional development efforts. The three control districts received professional development from UWP during the 2015-2016 school year.

Ultimately, CRWP had a positive, statistically significant effect on the four attributes of student argument writing—content, structure, stance, and conventions—measured by the National Writing Project’s Analytic Writing Continuum for Source-Based Argument. In particular, CRWP students demonstrated greater proficiency in the quality of reasoning and use of evidence in their writing.

In 2018, Upstate Writing Project launched Scale Up, an extension of the College Ready Writers Program into additional districts across South Carolina. The grant extends to teachers in grades 5-10, providing teachers in the target districts with professional development in the teaching of college and career-ready writing.

Read more about the College Ready Writers Program.

Congressman Visits College-Ready Writers Program at Upstate Writing Project

The Upstate Writing Project hosted Congressman Jeff Duncan and staff from the National Writing Project on a visit to schools participating in their College-Ready Writers Program. Read more.

Congressman Visits College-Ready Writers Program at Upstate Writing Project
Congressman Visits College-Ready Writers Program at Upstate Writing Project
NWP visit with Dean Peterson