The Oklahoma Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, is a network of university-school programs dedicated to improving the quality of composition instruction in elementary and secondary schools. The National Writing Project has been honored by the American Associations for Higher Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching “as an outstanding and nationally significant example of how schools and colleges can collaborate to improve American Education.” The National Writing Project now includes more than 200 sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Oklahoma Writing Project celebrates good teachers and good teaching. Teachers from elementary through college levels and from all subject areas who have had success teaching writing learn in summer institutes held at the University of Oklahoma to conduct in-service workshops in Oklahoma schools. Since the inception of OWP in 1978, more than 700 teachers have attended summer institutes and more than 7,500 in-service workshops have been held in schools across the state of Oklahoma. OWP provides research based, hands-on in-service grounded in Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts and positive classroom teaching practices.