The Lehigh Valley Writing Project

Welcome, Administrators

Writing is essential to success in school and the workplace. Yet writing is a skill that cannot be learned on the spot; it is complex and challenging.discussion group Through the Lehigh Valley Writing Project’s professional development programs, teachers in all subject areas and all grade levels learn new strategies to help their students become accomplished writers and learners.

We work in partnership with schools, districts, and other educational collaborators to offer professional development programs for teaching staffs, as well as design and deliver family and youth writing programs for school communities. For more information about our array of programs, see our Program Flyer and our Menu of Services.

  • Professional Development for Teachers – contact Doug Antonioli at
  • Youth Literacy Programs – contact Nancy Coco at


Writing and the Brain:
Neuroscience Shows the Pathways to Learning

Judy Willis, a neurologist and teacher-consultant with the South Coast Writing Project, explains how the teaching of writing is important for learning based on neuroimaging and brain mapping.

Judy Willis brings a rare combination of expertise to the classroom: she's not only a teacher but also a neurologist. With a medical background in using such diagnostic tools as positron emission tomography (PET) scans, neuroimaging, and brain mapping, she empirically understands how the brain is wired to learn. More ›

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Report From Carnegie Links Writing
To Improved Reading Skills

A report released by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading, identifies instructional practices shown to be effective in improving students' reading and offers recommendations for implementing those practices in the classroom.

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