Welcome To CAWP

The Chicago Area Writing Project (CAWP) is celebrating 35 years of helping teachers, schools and district improve literacy instruction for K-12 students.  CAWP offers professional development programs at your schools and in your districts in writing, reading, content area reading and writing, assessment including the PARCC and more. For sample school programs and pricing, click the Program tab above and scroll down to School Programs.

Here are the registration flyers for the following new Open-enrollment programs for individual teachers this fall!


Understanding the PARCC –  Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 and Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 (Repeat)  9-2:45 p.m.  This full-day workshop will show teachers the types of reading and writing skill and genres are featured on the PARCC assessment as well as the computer skills their students should be developing.    LOCATION: UIC Campus – 1040 W. Harrison, Chicago   Understanding the PARCC – Oct. 3 and Nov. 14, 2014 flyer

CAWP Fall Conference       “Revisiting Writing in the Era of Common Core Standards” with Featured Speaker: Carol Jago             Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014      8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.    A.M.session on revisiting Carol Jagoresearch with Carol Jago, noted author and reviewer of the CCSS and the PARCC, followed by a choice of two of the following breakout workshops on: Revisiting the Writing Process, Informational Writing from Sources, Supporting Argument Writing, and Grammar and Other Nitty Gritty Writing Skills.  LOCATION: UIC Campus – 1040 W. Harrison, Chicago   CAWP Fall 2014 Conference flyer

“K-2 Writing and Assessment”        Friday, Nov. 7, 2014      9-2:45 p.m.    This full-day workshop helps primary teachers learn ways to support their youngest writers that allows individual expression and creativity as it addresses Common Core State Standards and provides a variety of assessment tools that help the teacher recognize growth and not just “correctness” in early writing.  LOCATION: UIC Campus – 1640 w. Roosevelt Rd., Auditorium, Chicago  K-2 Writing and Assessment flyer – Nov. 7, 2014



If you’re a teacher of grades 7-12, consider having your student writers submit their work to the 2015 Scholastic Writing Program.  This is our sixth year as the Chicago affiliate of this prestigious 92-year program.  To find out more about writing genres and scholarship opportunities for seniors, go to http://www.artandwriting.org, and check back here for local submission information in September.  Submissions for the 2015 Awards will open September 15, 2014.

If you’re an individual teacher interested in hearing about CAWP programs, add your name and email to our mailing list by clicking Contact Us above and include the sessions/ topics that interest you in the comment section.  Hope to see you soon!

- Barbara Kato, CAWP Director