Welcome to The Eastern Shore Writing
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Who we are
ESWP has been associated with Salisbury University, of the
Maryland State University System, since 1997. The site has grown
to serve districts across the Delmarva Peninsula, including
Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, Caroline, Talbot, and Queen
The Eastern Shore Writing Project (ESWP) offers a unique
professional development opportunity that serves educators by:
Expanding Horizons: Provides the opportunity for educators to
vertically articulate across the curriculum and across all grade
Engaging in Inquiry: Informs teachers of the latest research in
improving writing instruction through research, professional
learning communities, and lesson study.
Embracing New Ideas: Inspires teachers with innovative writing
strategies to enhance writing instruction in their classrooms.
Nurturing the Writer Within: Fosters the love of writing and
encourages educators to embrace their talents.
Developing Leadership Capacity: Encourages teachers to become
leaders within the organization and/or within their
Our hallmark programs include the Invitational Summer Institute,
Teacher Leadership Development Program, Winter Writing Retreat
at the Beach, and Writers of Promise Youth Summer Camps, and
Teaching for Social Justice seminars. Additionally, ESWP
provides ongoing professional development in a wide range of
literacy topics to schools across the service area. All programs
follow the National Writing Project’s researched-based model of
“teachers teaching teachers,” shown to be effective in improving
student performance and developing teacher leadership.
Through these programs, ESWP supports the mission and vision
of the National Writing Project:
NWP’s Mission: The National Writing Project focuses the
knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators
on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all
NWP’s Vision: Writing in its many forms is the signature means
of communication in the 21st century. The NWP envisions a future
where every person is an accomplished writer, engaged learner,
and active participant in a digital, interconnected world.
ESWP also adheres to NWP’s Core Principles:
Teachers at every level—from kindergarten through college—are
the agents of reform; universities and schools are ideal
partners for investing in that reform through professional
Writing can and should be taught, not just assigned, at every
grade level. Professional development programs should provide
opportunities for teachers to work together to understand the
full spectrum of writing development across grades and across
Knowledge about the teaching of writing comes from many sources:
theory and research, the analysis of practice, and the
experience of writing. Effective professional development
programs provide frequent and ongoing opportunities for teachers
to write and to examine theory, research, and practice together
There is no single right approach to teaching writing; however,
some practices prove to be more effective than others. A
reflective and informed community of practice is in the best
position to design and develop comprehensive writing programs.
Teachers who are well informed and effective in their practice
can be successful teachers of other teachers as well as partners
in educational research, development, and implementation.
Collectively, teacher-leaders are our greatest resource for