Professional Development

The Chippewa River Writing Project (CRWP), as a site of the National Writing Project (NWP), adheres to a model of “teachers teaching teachers,” and creates local teacher consultants who provide professional development experiences for their colleagues.

Upcoming events include our Fall 2013 Mini Courses and January 2014 Annual Writing Conference.

Through opportunities such as our invitational summer institute, advanced institutes, and mentorship by site leaders, our teacher consultants are prepared to facilitate a variety of professional development sessions such as half- or whole-day staff workshops, classroom coaching, and week-long institutes. Our cohort of CRWP teacher consultants spans experts from all grade levels, elementary school through college, and can present on a variety of topics such as:

  • Creating a writing workshop;
  • Conferring with student writers;
  • Effective strategies for revision;
  • Writing across the curriculum; and
  • Integrating technology and writing.

Our professional development experiences engage participants in activities both as writers and teachers of writing. Specifically, we can offer workshops in 90 minute, 3 hour, or 6 hour formats and we aim to customize our services based on local needs for your students, staff, and school. Ideally, we would aim to work with a group of teachers at the school as part of a voluntary professional development experience, and would meet with them periodically over an entire school year, although we can offer one-time events as well.

We have partnered with schools and intermediate school districts across Michigan, including:

  • Byron Area Schools
  • Carson City-Crystal Schools
  • Charlevoix-Emmet ISD
  • Clare-Gladwin RESD
  • CMU’s Center for Excellence in Education
  • Gratioit-Isabella RESD
  • Greenville Schools
  • Kent County ISD
  • National Writing Projects of Michigan
  • Traverse Bay Area ISD

Recent feedback from our Greenville 2009-10 Professional Development Workshops:

  • “The most powerful piece to this workshop involved the modeling, writing, and reflecting. I think we, as teachers, forget what it is like to be writers.”
  • “The texts were pretty amazing and I’m glad that I was put into a situation to have to read them. So often, I read books over the summer and then have to wait to incorporate some of the ideas that look interesting. With this approach, I was able to more readily start changing my approach as the year progressed.”

For more information about our professional development services, please contact Troy Hicks, CRWP Director, at:

Troy Hicks, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Director, Chippewa River Writing Project
204 Anspach Hall
1429 S. Washington St.
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
Office: 989-774-3236
Dept: 989-774-3171
troy.hicks@cmich.edu