Basic Assumptions of the National Writing Project Model
· Writing is fundamental to learning in all subject areas and at all grade levels. Summer Institutes therefore involve teachers from all disciplines and levels of instruction, primary through university.
· As the process of writing can best be understood by engaging in this process, teachers of writing should write.
· Teachers are the best teachers of teachers; successful practicing teachers have greater credibility with their colleagues than outside experts.
· Real change in classroom practice happens over time. Working as partners, universities and schools can articulate and promote effective school reform.
· Effective professional development programs are on-going and systematic, bringing teachers together regularly throughout their careers to examine successful practices and new developments (NWP, 1998).