Our Mission...

The Kentucky Writing Project is a statewide network of literacy specialists who provides meaningful, evidence-based professional development for K-16 teachers.  Our mission is to promote evidence-based instructional experiences for all Kentucky students in the area of comprehensive literacy. Modeled after The National Writing Project, our network focuses on improving students' reading and writing skills, and thus, the quality of life for Kentucky's citizens through public education and the ongoing, world-class development of its teachers.

Shawn Justice

Shawn Justice ,

KWP Director



Liz Prather,

KWP Co-Director of Programming



Angie Gunter

Dr. Angela Gunter

West Kentucky Co-Director



Harold Woodall, Co-Director of School Partnerships




Bridgett Taulbee

KWP Consultant



"KWP's research-based data-driven strategies have impacted both teacher growth and student learning in our district. The facilitators are experts in their field and offer valuable supports and resources to equip our teachers with the tools they need to engage, challenge, and empower our students in literacy. "

Michelle Devine, Washington County District Literacy Coach  

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"I encourage all school leaders to seriously consider working with the Kentucky Writing Project! The directors of KWP have always been very flexible and considerate in supporting our district's needs and schedules. I have always appreciated their goal of "building teacher capacity."

Thomas Coffey, Rockcastle County  

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"The Kentucky Writing Project's professional development is better than any other training I have ever participated in as a teacher or leader. It is designed to be accessible for teachers and leads to better outcomes for students. KWP takes the fear out of writing instruction for both teachers and students."

Leslie A. Workman, Principal, Fairview Elementary  

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"The Kentucky Writing Project provides quality and intensive professional learning opportunities to teachers; building their instructional strategies tool box which has led to improved writing scores across the board."

-Kristin L. Froedge, Ed.D Supervisor of Instruction, Hart County Schools  

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