Thank you for visiting the Central Virginia Writing Project.
Below you can read about our past projects and draw inspiration for future partnerships between the CVWP and your classroom, school, or division!
2011-12 School Year
Writing PD: How Can I become a Better Teacher of Writing?
This five-session, 1-credit course, began on February 1, 2012, for Albemarle teachers. Teachers created individual teacher research projects, in which they focused on one aspect of their writing instruction they wanted to strengthen throughout the semester.
Teachers as Writers Retreat - Spring
On April 20th, 2012, teachers came to UVA to focus on themselves as a writers - away from the buzz of teaching. Participants talked about ideas for what to write about, basked in hours of time to write, and discussed their own writing processes. Teacher-writers also asked themselves how their knowledge about themselves influences what they do as teachers.
Teachers as Writers Retreat - Fall
On October 28 CVWP sponsored a one-day retreat for teachers of all grade levels who devoted a day to working on their own writing and drawing inferences from it to their teaching. The event was held in Bavaro Hall, Curry School of Education, UVA. See below for details.
Writing Instruction in Grades 3-5
On October 3 CVWP co-sponsored a one-day workshop with VSUP (Virginia School University Partnership) for all educators interested in writing instruction in the upper elementary grades. Participants engaged as writers and as teachers of writing.
Family Writers Camp: July 18, 2011
We gathered as families for a day of writing and explored ways to engage family members of all ages in sharing their stories.
Teachers as Writers Retreat: July 25, 2011
CVWP held a writing retreat for teachers to help them spend the day focused on teachers as writers.
Young Author’s Summer Institute, July 18th-22, 2011
During the Young Author’s one week institute at St. Christopher’s School, rising 3rd - 5th grade students took their writing to new levels as they created a variety of traditional and new technology texts using a diverse set of tools to include Voice Thread, blogs, and wikis. Each day the young writers had the opportunity to benefit from expert and personalized instruction, write on topics of their choice, conference with teachers and peers, and work towards the construction of a writing portfolio. The event culminated in our week with an Author’s Celebration in which the young writers shared their writing portfolios with parents and friends and reflected upon their growth. The Young Author’s Institute provided the creativity and support to launch the reluctant writer into the joys of writing and catapult the strong writer to the next level.
2011 Invitational Summer Institute, July 5-29, 2011
Invitations for our 2011 Summer Institute were offered in Fall 2010, and members of the CVWP Leadership Team provided coaching for all participants during Spring 2011. Our coaching supported everyone’s efforts within the teaching of writing and prepared participants for the Summer 2011 Institute.
Tuition for the July Institute was provided by the CVWP, and everyone who participated earned six graduate credits from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Virginia. During the final week of the Institute the participants and instructors planned a Continuity effort for all to engage in during the 2011-12 academic year. This was intended to support the educators’ ongoing efforts to gain expertise as professionals who provide and/or support others who provide writing instruction.
Authors Day: July 12, 2011
Four local authors shared their writing and their writing processes. We wrote, talked, and shared with them.
• Jasmin Darznik
• Kathryn Erskine
• Meg Medina
• Jeri Watts
2010-2011 School Year
Writing Across the Curriculum in PreK-Second Grade
This workshop was for teachers and instructional leaders interested in using writing to enhance instruction across the curriculum, PreK-2. Attendees engaged as writers and as teachers of mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts. Please, click on the link below for more detailed information about the workshop.