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!


“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  Early bird deadline extended until Nov. 4, so register now!  K-2 Writing and Assessment flyer – Nov 7, 2014 (v2)

Understanding the PARCC –  Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 (REGISTRATION CLOSED)   9-2:45 p.m.  Although our Nov. 14 session is full, we will be offering this same session again on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.  Please register early to take advantage of the early bird price and to guarantee a space!    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.  Leaders:laptop and apple CAWP Teacher Consultant Debbie Brown and CAWP Director Barbara Kato    LOCATION: UIC Campus – 1040 W. Harrison, Chicago  Understanding the PARCC – Feb. 6, 2015 flyer


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. Go to the Programs Tab above and click the Student Programs link to find out more about the many writing genres and directions for how to submit your work.  If you’re a senior, go to www.artandwriting.org to check out the scholarship opportunities for winning portfolios!  Submissions for the 2015 Writing Awards program opened 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