The Area 3 Writing Project (A3WP) is a professional development network for California teachers and administrators. A3WP uses a teachers-teaching-teachers model to share the successful practices of those educators who effectively teach writing at all grade levels.
Karen Smith is director of the Area 3 Writing Project (A3WP). She has been involved with A3WP leadership since 1991 and has served as director since 2005. An elementary teacher since 1984, Karen also teaches elementary science (part-time) in Roseville, California.
M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, California State University, Sacramento, 1993
Multiple Subject Credential, California State University, Chico, 1983
B.A,. Liberal Studies (Minor in Spanish), California State University, Chico, 1982
Since the creation of the Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP) at UC Berkeley in 1974, the writing project model for staff development in the teaching of writing has been replicated statewide and nationwide. The Area 3 Writing Project (A3WP) at UC Davis is one of the 17 projects in the California Writing Project network and one of 200 in the National Writing Project network.
Established in 1981, A3WP is a professional development network for California teachers and administrators that follows the writing project teachers-teaching-teachers model, with all programs and activities based upon the following principles:
Student writing can be improved by improving the teaching of writing, and the best teacher of other teachers is a successful classroom teacher.
Programs designed to improve the teaching of writing must involve teachers of all grade levels and should be collaboratively planned by schools and universities.
Large-scale educational change occurs only over time and can best be accomplished by those who work within the schools.
What is known about the teaching of writing comes from research and from the successful practices of those who teach writing.
Because writing is fundamental to critical thinking and learning in all subject areas, all writing project programs should involve teachers from across the disciplines.
Teachers of writing must also write, for only by writing can teachers fully understand what they are asking of their students.
In addition to the writing project’s core Invitational Summer Institute, A3WP conducts demonstration workshop series, hosts intensive one- and two-week summer open programs, designs and conducts staff development inservice programs for schools and districts, collaborates on extended partnerships with schools and districts, and offers research opportunities for teachers and administrators throughout our thirteen-county region, which extends from the inland reaches of the Sacramento River Delta, throughout the Sacramento Valley, and up to the Sierra foothills and the greater Lake Tahoe region.
For more information about any of our programs, please contact Karen Smith, Director, at (530) 752-8392 or firstname.lastname@example.org