The RRVWP is a site of the National Writing Project and is hosted by North Dakota State University in Fargo.
The National Writing Project is the largest and longest-running professional development enterprise in the United States. It has reached 80,000 teachers and 1.6 million students since it was founded in 1974. Research has proven the effectiveness of the NWP's "teachers teaching teachers" model.
The Red River Valley Writing Project was founded by Dan Sheridan at UND in 1999. We are one of two sites in North Dakota. We serve teachers in eastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota.
The Red River Valley Writing Project is a local site of National Writing Project, an organization focused on improving writing instruction for all students K-college. By examining, analyzing, and addressing local needs, we work to improve literacy instruction and, therefore, learning for all students.
- We write in order to learn, to make and convey meaning, and to express who we are and what we believe.
- All teachers, no matter their professional experience, need space and support to reflect on their educational practices.
- Writing instruction should be informed and supported by both an established body of research and thoughtful teaching practice.
- When teachers write and reflect on the practice of writing, they become better teachers.
- Individual teachers, as well as organizations, must work collaboratively to enact lasting educational and social change.
- We support initiatives in the community and region that contribute to a rich literacy environment.