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WHo we are


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Founded in 1989 by Dr. Ann B. Dobie, NWP-A is a program that seeks to improve student writing in grades K-12 in the Acadiana area. NWP-A is sponsored by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and funded by an annual grant from the National Writing Project.

NWP-A mission

NWP-A makes their mission a reality through the provision of professional development for educators, at all levels, to ensure that they are equipped to teach writing, not just assign it. After participating in professional development, through in-depth institutes, Teacher Consultants then take their learning back to their classrooms and districts, where they are encouraged to share their learning with their colleagues and students.

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Since the inception of NWP-A in 1989, dedicated educators have made it their mission to provide resources, writing workshops, and professional development programs to local teachers and students of Southern Louisiana. 

This Leadership Team is passionate about the NWP-A mission and continues the effort to promote effective school reform

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"To this day, I still believe that the National Writing Project of Acadiana Summer Intersession I participated in during the Summer of 2013 was the most impactful professional development experience of my career! It made me a stronger, more confident writer and teacher of writing and has continued to shape and mold my educational journey."

-Dr. H. Michelle Kreamer

NWP-A Director

'In the spotlight'

National Writing Project of Acadiana has been featured on popular local news outlets, magazines, articles, and social media platforms.

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GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded national initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Education, which gives grants to states or institutions of higher learning to create partnerships with high-poverty middle or high schools.

According to the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance, this is the third GEAR UP grant awarded to the State of Louisiana. Louisiana was awarded a seven-year grant for $24.5 million in 2016. 

Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective (FOW) is a literary arts nonprofit organization that provides students with the opportunity to present their creative work annually.

Acadiana Center for the Arts (AcA) is a community-supported regional arts council that fosters art and culture in South Louisiana.

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