In 1974, Jim Gray and colleagues convened the first summer institute of the Bay Area Writing Project at UC Berkeley with two dozen teachers. Over the years this expanding community of educators promoted a radically new vision of professional learning, one that has taken root across the nation. Thanks to their hard work, and the talents and efforts of nearly 100,000 teacher-leaders throughout the U.S., NWP has become a national network of local sites which have served more than two million educators, pre-K through University, and across the curriculum. This is “our NWP.”
In celebration of our 40th year, we began constructing a living and usable history of our NWP, one that looks forward as well as back. Through our stories, reflections, and artifacts, we will better understand what we have been and imagine what we are becoming. This blog — Our NWP — is a place to own our 40-year history and to consider what the next 40 years could hold for the NWP, its sites, and its vibrant network of passionate, brilliant educators. Our NWP is a celebration of our roots as we look forward to the innovation and possibilities to come.