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Philadelphia Writing Project

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104

Last updated on July 7, 2023

Grant awarded by
Library of Congress
Organization Type
Advocacy Organization
Congressional District(s)
2, 3
Fiscal Year Of First Grant
FY 2018 [10/01/17 - 09/30/18]
Contributing Organization(s)
University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, School District of Philadelphia, Independence National Historical Park, African American Museum in Philadelphia, Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History
Organization description

The Philadelphia Writing Project (PhilWP) is a practitioner network, connecting K-university educators with teachers, principals, parents, and out-of-school-time leaders to explore literacy, writing, teaching, and learning across grade levels and disciplines. Each year, new teacher-leaders join the PhilWP network and work in classrooms and other education spaces, supporting young people as writers and learners. A site of the National Writing Project located in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, PhilWP has served Philadelphia schools since 1986.

Project description
Teachers in our Philadelphia Writing Project network are engaging in inquiries and creating curriculum resources to support civically engaged argument writing in K-12 classrooms. Our emerging resources draw upon: primary sources from the Library of Congress; argument writing approaches from the National Writing Project’s College, Career, and Community Writers Program; and Gholdy Muhammad’s Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy Framework.
TPS project focus
  • Teaching Materials
  • Webinars
  • Workshops
Content focus
  • Civics
  • Literacy
  • Activists
  • Administrators
  • Classroom teachers
  • Community members
  • Curriculum coordinators
  • Homeschoolers
  • Librarians/Media specialists
  • Students
  • Teacher candidates/Student teachers
  • University faculty
  • K-5
  • 6 - 8
  • 9 - 12
Population focus
  • African Americans
  • Asian Americans
  • Jewish Americans
  • Native American/Indigenous
  • Urban
  • Women and girls
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