The Oklahoma Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, and has existed on the University of Oklahoma campus since 1978. Along with its counterpart on the Oklahoma State University campus, the Oklahoma Writing Project serves as a professional learning community that identifies, celebrates, and enhances the professional role of successful Oklahoma classroom teachers. The Oklahoma Writing Project subscribes to the National Writing Project’s belief that access to high-quality educational experiences is a basic right of all learners and a cornerstone of equity. We work in partnership with institutions, organizations, and communities to develop and sustain leadership for educational improvement.
The Oklahoma Writing Project’s work as a professional learning community encompasses in-service to schools provided by OWP teacher consultants, professional development for teachers through the summer institute and conferences, and youth, family, and community activities. Since 1978 more 300 teachers have attended the summer institute. Since 2009, OWP has generated over 120,000 contact hours in programs benefitting students, teachers, and parents in Oklahoma. OWP is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents of Higher Education, the University of Oklahoma, and the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education.