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College, Career, and Community Writer’s Program

By Wockenfuss, Gary

November 30, 2018

College, Career, and Community Writer’s Program

At Weeping Water Public Schools


            The College, Career, and Community Writer’s Program, also known at C3WP, is a new way Weeping Water middle and high school students are learning how to read critically, explore multiple points of view, and take a stand.  The program initiated this fall supports teachers and students to answer the contemporary call for respectful, source-based discourse for change.


Selected by the National Writing Project in early 2018, Weeping Water Public Schools is one of 25 school districts from across the country as part of the largest-ever study of writing in our nation’s schools and is the only school district in Nebraska to receive an intensive professional development program that provides instructional resources and assessment tools for the teaching of evidence-based argument writing.   The C3WP is supported by a $11.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. C3WP teachers at Weeping Water are: Tracy Weber, Tory Nixon, Laurie Bartlett, Jeremy Strong, Kate Endorf, Sue Heinz, and Mike Bartlett.


            In C3WP teachers’ classrooms students learn how to explore timely issues, make a claim, select and organize evidence, and come to terms with opposing viewpoints. Students learn these skills through a series of units that comprise the C3WP curriculum. Teachers will also assess student progress 3-4 times during the year using a formative assessment process designed to diagnose areas of student strengths and areas in need of improvement in argument writing. A national study has shown this program is effective in improving student writing abilities.


            Weeping Water teachers in C3WP will participate in 45 hours of professional development each year for two years, utilizing high quality instructional materials, learning to analyze student work in order to determine instructional next steps, and leading their students towards active participation in their community through argument writing.  Facilitating the professional development activities for Weeping Water teachers are Jillian Harpster (Lincoln North Star High School), Rachel Jank (Lincoln Lutheran High School), and Sue Anderson (University of Nebraska-Omaha).


More information about C3WP can be found at https://sites.google.com/nwp.org/c3wp/home



C3WP Overview for Weeping Water Power Point

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