Explaining
The National Writing Project
          NWP Spring Meeting 2009

          Inverness Research
          Dr. Mark...
Inverness Research

 Studying the NWP for over fifteen years
 Providing an independent perspective on the
 NWP as a unique...
Explaining the NWP

 Two key questions:

   What is the NWP?
   Why should the federal government
   continue to invest in...
Question 1

 What is the NWP?
1) The NWP is a national professional
development network

   More than 200 local sites in all 50 states
   and DC
   Site...
2) The NWP provides effective, high-
quality programs


 Decades of research
 Nine recent research studies of student
 res...
3) The NWP is a long-term, large scale network
that benefits millions of students each year
  80,000-100,000 individual te...
4) Federal, state and local educational
agencies share funding for NWP programs


Local school     6,500 programs reaching...
5) The NWP is a national professional
development infrastructure
NWP meets the criteria for a strong
national infrastructure
 Addresses an important national need
 Provides for equitable ...
Question 2

 Why should the federal government continue
 to invest in the National Writing Project?
Background:
Investment vs. Expenditure
 Expenditures pay for goods and
 services that are consumed
 Investments create cap...
Background:
Current federal funding climate
Federal agencies seek to invest in work that is:

1)   Ready to go now

And al...
Background:
Current national priorities

 Education is a top-stated priority in this new
 administration

 Teacher develop...
Why should the federal government continue to
invest in the National Writing Project?




Reason 1: Capacity for professio...
Research shows that

 Good teaching is key to student learning

 Teacher learning is key to good teaching

 The nation’s s...
Conclusion from 2009 international
study of professional development
“Given what we know about … the current lack of
  cap...
The National Writing Project is a proven
approach to building PD capacity

  Provides infrastructure and a proven model
  ...
Reason # 2: The NWP is "shovel ready"
The NWP is doing work now and is ready to do
  more :

  More than 200 fully functio...
Why should the federal government
continue to invest in the NWP?

Reason 2: The NWP is “geared up”
and “shovel-ready.”
In the next year, NWP sites and people
can:
 Serve 80,000 to 100,000 individual teachers
 nationwide
 Serve another 45,000...
Why continue to invest in the NWP?

Reason 3: The federal investment in the
 NWP generates even more investment
 from stat...
Every federal dollar going to the sites is
matched by $2.50 from other sources


       Funding of NWP Sites - Five Year A...
Why continue to invest in the NWP?
Reason 4: Investments in infrastructure
 are long-term, cost-effective
 investments—if ...
The NWP is a cumulative investment:
                        investment
It builds on and maintains the value of
previous in...
Investing in infrastructure

   “There is a fundamental difference between
   borrowing to support current consumption and...
Summary

The NWP is the kind of investment the nation
  needs right now:

  Serves a national need
  Follows a proven, eff...
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These slides accompanied Dr. Mark St. John’s presentation at the 2009 NWP Spring Meeting in Washington D.C. Inverness Research has studied the NWP for over 15 years. The purpose of the talk was to sharpen understanding of what the NWP is and why the federal government should continue to support it. The slides outline key points and provide supporting data.

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Inverness Research: Explaining the NWP

  1. 1. Explaining The National Writing Project NWP Spring Meeting 2009 Inverness Research Dr. Mark St. John Dr. Laura Stokes
  2. 2. Inverness Research Studying the NWP for over fifteen years Providing an independent perspective on the NWP as a unique investment in the improvement of education
  3. 3. Explaining the NWP Two key questions: What is the NWP? Why should the federal government continue to invest in it?
  4. 4. Question 1 What is the NWP?
  5. 5. 1) The NWP is a national professional development network More than 200 local sites in all 50 states and DC Sites are school-university partnerships Network is nationally administered Network is unified by a shared model
  6. 6. 2) The NWP provides effective, high- quality programs Decades of research Nine recent research studies of student results (NWP Research Brief) Seven annual surveys of teachers (Inverness Research report) National study underway (SRI)
  7. 7. 3) The NWP is a long-term, large scale network that benefits millions of students each year 80,000-100,000 individual teachers served annually 35 years of cumulative impact The NWP is the longest standing and largest professional development program in US history
  8. 8. 4) Federal, state and local educational agencies share funding for NWP programs Local school 6,500 programs reaching 80-100,000 teachers system $ 7,000 active teacher consultants University and state $ Over 200 local NWP sites, all school-university partnerships Federal $ NWP National Network
  9. 9. 5) The NWP is a national professional development infrastructure
  10. 10. NWP meets the criteria for a strong national infrastructure Addresses an important national need Provides for equitable national access Empowers an array of context-specific local services Assures consistently high-quality services Allows cumulative growth and development of capacity Is cost-efficient, with multiple sources of funding Provides a vehicle for future efficient investments
  11. 11. Question 2 Why should the federal government continue to invest in the National Writing Project?
  12. 12. Background: Investment vs. Expenditure Expenditures pay for goods and services that are consumed Investments create capital that is useful in the future production of goods and services
  13. 13. Background: Current federal funding climate Federal agencies seek to invest in work that is: 1) Ready to go now And also 2) Promotes long term growth of our nation’s infrastructure
  14. 14. Background: Current national priorities Education is a top-stated priority in this new administration Teacher development is a priority within education
  15. 15. Why should the federal government continue to invest in the National Writing Project? Reason 1: Capacity for professional development is a national concern
  16. 16. Research shows that Good teaching is key to student learning Teacher learning is key to good teaching The nation’s school systems lack the capacity to provide good professional development for all teachers
  17. 17. Conclusion from 2009 international study of professional development “Given what we know about … the current lack of capacity and infrastructure of many school organizations to provide the kinds of powerful learning opportunities that teachers need to support student learning, the question that remains is this — how can states, districts, and schools build their capacities to provide the kinds of high-quality professional development that is effective in building teacher knowledge, improving their instruction, and supporting student learning?” From: Professional Learning in the Learning Profession: A Status Report on Teacher Development in the U.S. and Abroad (p. 62). Wei, et al., National Staff Development Council (2009)
  18. 18. The National Writing Project is a proven approach to building PD capacity Provides infrastructure and a proven model for high-quality professional development Provides the faculty and teacher leadership necessary for high-quality professional development Is scaled to work at a nation-wide level Is sustainable
  19. 19. Reason # 2: The NWP is "shovel ready" The NWP is doing work now and is ready to do more : More than 200 fully functional sites across the country Over 700 experienced site directors and co- directors in place (each with an average of 6 years of experience) 7,000 teacher consultants providing support to their colleagues
  20. 20. Why should the federal government continue to invest in the NWP? Reason 2: The NWP is “geared up” and “shovel-ready.”
  21. 21. In the next year, NWP sites and people can: Serve 80,000 to 100,000 individual teachers nationwide Serve another 45,000 participants in summer writing camps Offer 6,500 programs Provide 120,000 hours of programming
  22. 22. Why continue to invest in the NWP? Reason 3: The federal investment in the NWP generates even more investment from states and local districts
  23. 23. Every federal dollar going to the sites is matched by $2.50 from other sources Funding of NWP Sites - Five Year Average Other, 19% NWP federal, 23% State, 14% University, 26% School, 19%
  24. 24. Why continue to invest in the NWP? Reason 4: Investments in infrastructure are long-term, cost-effective investments—if they are steadily sustained
  25. 25. The NWP is a cumulative investment: investment It builds on and maintains the value of previous investments A large-scale infrastructure takes years to build Each additional year of funding maintains, strengthens, and expands the existing infrastructure Each additional year of funding leverages the previous investments Failure to sustain investment threatens the entire infrastructure
  26. 26. Investing in infrastructure “There is a fundamental difference between borrowing to support current consumption and borrowing to raise the future standard of living. Unlike expenditures for many other federal programs, infrastructure programs leave behind an asset on the federal government's balance sheet... Federal deficits sap our economic strength, and must inevitably be paid. But failing to support long-term growth could prove even more vexing.” Center for Strategic and International Studies: Guiding Principles for Strengthening America's Infrastructure (2006).
  27. 27. Summary The NWP is the kind of investment the nation needs right now: Serves a national need Follows a proven, effective model Functions at high capacity -- right now Produces high returns in “educational capital” Functions as a lasting improvement infrastructure for the nation’s education system
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