School-Based Professional Development

Oregon Writing Project at Eastern Oregon University

Serving kindergarten through college teachers in all content areas since 1991

School-Based Professional Development

OWP Teachers

The Oregon Writing Project at Eastern Oregon University is a non-profit organization providing professional development through institutes and contracted inservice programs that emphasize:

  • “Teachers teaching teachers” and teacher leadership
  • Best-practice lesson plans geared toward standards and supported by research
  • Diversity issues and the needs of English language learners
  • Application of writing across grade levels and disciplines

Customized to Meet Local Needs

School-based professional development programs are customized to suit classroom contexts based on dialogue among teachers, administrators, and OWP Director Nancy Knowles.

Formats include: book groups, writing groups, professional learning communities, interactive workshops, classroom-based research projects, and classroom-based teaching demonstrations/coaching.

Graduate Credit/Professional Development Units

The OWP can overlay graduate credit on school-based professional development with one credit per 10 hours of seat time at the rate of $75/credit per teacher. The OWP can also provide certificates for professional development units.


The OWP has provided school-based professional development for

  • the Milton-Freewater Unified School District (afternoon meetings once a month 2007-08),
  • the Hermiston School District (Saturday and online meetings in Fall 2008),and
  • Pine Eagle Charter School (two half-day meetings in January 2011).

Northwest Education Magazine 13,3 (2008) Cover ImageThe OWP’s work in Milton-Freewater featured in a 2008 article in Nortwest Education Magazine

The OWP can also provide school-based summer institutes, such as the one-week “Writing across the Range” institute for elementary teachers held in Crane, OR, in 2006.


As an affiliate of the National Writing Project, OWP programs may be supported by federal dollars allocated for standards-aligned professional development in association with with Titles I, II, III, and VII. OWP Director Nancy Knowles is also willing to partner with districts to secure grant funding for professional development.

Cost Estimates

Because the OWP is a non-profit unit of Eastern Oregon University, the organization can keep costs low. Fees cover expenses for presenters, presenter substitutes and mileage, and duplication. Costs for credits, books, and refreshments are additional.

Oregon Writers' Collaborative Network

  • Introductory workshop: free
  • Half-day workshop: $500
  • Full-day workshop: $1,000 (1 credit)
  • 30 hours: $3,000 (3 credits)
  • 60 hours: $6,000 (6 credits)


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