Professional Development
With the support of the National Writing Project and its network of over 200 local sites, and in partnership with local school districts, the Fox Valley Writing Project offers professional development opportunities for K-12+ teachers in East Central Wisconsin.

The Fox Valley Writing Project adheres to a model of “teachers teaching teachers,” and encourages collaborative inquiry and shared leadership. Professional development offerings vary from year to year as the needs of school districts, teachers and students change. Opportunities include book study groups, inquiry groups, an annual Spring Fling and monthly gatherings of the Teacher Consultant (TC) Community.professional communities.

Copy of Copy of DSCN1653From Summer 2010-Spring 2013, the Fox Valley Writing Project partnered with the Appleton Area School District to provide professional development for high school teachers.  This program was called ELSAC (Enhancing Learning in Subject Area Classrooms), was funded through a WITQ Grant from UW System. Other professional development offerings have included:  2013 Advanced Summer Institute; Washington Writing Institute; Merrill Writing Institute; and ADLRS (Advancing Disciplinary Literacy in Rural Schools).

Book Study Groups
In partnership with local school districts, Fox Valley Writing Project offers book study groups for UW Oshkosh credit at off-campus tuition rates. These study groups are facilitated by FVWP teacher leaders. Contact FVWP for more information.

Inquiry Groups
Made possible by the Expanding our Offerings grant from the National Reading Initiative and the National Writing Project, the professional development inquiry groups allow teachers of a common specialty gather together to share ideas and improve their teaching skills.

Teacher Consultant (TC) Community
Teachers who have completed a Summer Institute at the Fox Valley Writing Project are invited to attend monthly Teacher Consultant (TC) Community meetings. The purpose of these gatherings is to bring us together and to support one another in our continued work as teachers, readers and writers. We hope this community will foster continued collegiality and push us forward as teachers who are passionate about literacy.

For more information about the FVWP TC Community, contact Mara Brown Hendrickson at or Callie Cochran-Hager at

“Imagine the Possibilities”

By Deb Van Dalen
September 17, 2010

It’s possible there are ideas I have not considered. It’s possible they are in your head.
It’s possible there are events I have not discovered. It’s possible they are on your calendar.
It’s possible there are dynamic lessons I have not taught. It’s possible they are in your plan book.
It’s possible there are books I have not read. It’s possible they are on your bookshelf.
It’s possible there are people I have not met. It’s possible they are your friends and colleagues.
It’s possible there are websites I have not surfed. It’s possible they are in your “favorites.”
It’s possible there are effective strategies I have not tried. It’s possible you could teach me.
It’s possible there are songs I have not sung. It’s possible you are the composer.
It’s possible there are possibilities I have not considered. It’s possible you have imagined them.