“Teachers teaching teachers” is the foundational tenet of the Lehigh Valley Writing Project. We believe 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. Throughout our work, we value and seek diversity—our own as well as that of our students and their communities—and recognize that practice is strengthened when we incorporate multiple ways of knowing that are informed by culture and experience.
Through our Specialist Certificate and ESL Certificate Programs, and annual Best Practices Conference, LVWP serves as a professional network for sharing promising practices for teaching and learning through writing.
Penn State Specialist Certificate: Teaching Writing & Literacy is a 15 credit post-baccalaureate program. Similar in design to the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s range of educational endorsements, the Writing Specialist Certificate is designed to afford educators deep study in all aspects of teaching literacy.
Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist Certificate is designed to meet Pennsylvania’s endorsement requirement for ESL instructors by offering the complement of necessary courses taught exclusively by Penn State instructors who are National Writing Project Fellows, employing and sharing best practices from their classrooms. This program is designed for teachers who hold a Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II certificate and currently teach English language learners or desire an ESL teaching assignment.
Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project's Annual Best Practices Conference is a dynamic forum for area educators to learn about research and strategies for implementing writing-to-learn strategies in their classrooms. Each year, conference participants engage in interactive workshops showcasing classroom inquiry projects conducted by Writing Project Fellows. Additionally, the conference provides a regional venue for hosting nationally and internationally-known writers and teachers of writing as keynote speakers to complement the local workshops.