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UCWP Overview

What We Are

The Upper Cumberland Writing Project (UCWP) is a professional development program designed to improve writing and writing instruction in the region's schools--in all grade levels and all subject areas. We work from a firm belief in the power of

  • teachers teaching teachers;
  • relying on classroom-tested knowledge and practices; and
  • employing diverse approaches to writing instruction across disciplines.

We are a network of experienced K-12 and college-level educators who care about working with writers to improve skills, strategies, and attitudes.

What We Do 

Founded at Tennessee Tech University in 2008, the UCWP is one of three National Writing Project sites in Tennessee. The NWP's mission is to focus the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning and writing instruction.

Toward this goal, the UCWP offers professional development workshops, events, and activities for exemplary educators to share, learn, and write with each other. Additionally, we provide sustained in-service programs and consultations on writing instruction for schools or districts.


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UCWP Leadership Team

Dr. Tony Baker,Tennessee Tech professor of English (, Director

Martha Ramsey, kindergarten teacher at Sycamore Elementary School (Putnam County Schools), Co-Director

Dr. Jane Baker,Tennessee Tech associate professor of early childhood education (, Co-Director


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