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The Central Texas Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, is a non-profit K-16 professional development provider within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. Educators and education leaders are invited to attend a wide variety of CTWP professional development programs including a Summer Institute, Open Institutes, Advanced Institutes, and other professional growth settings that bring colleagues together to explore the most successful research-based approaches for teaching writing. Based on the NWP's teachers-teaching-teachers model, all CTWP programs value the professionalism of teachers and the needs of all students. Our programs focus on issues of diversity and access in particular. 

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Our leadership team is made up of university professors, public school teachers, administrators, and other professional education advocates.

* Dr. Lori Assaf, CTWP Director
* Dr. Sharon O’Neal, Co-Director, Round Rock
* Cynthia Vetter, Professional Development, Co-Director
* Laura Lee Stroud, Co-Director, Round Rock
* Shirley Gerdes, Co-Director Summer Institute
* Dr. Monica Michell, Writing Retreats
* Diane Osborne, Administrative Assistant & Young Writer’s Camp
* Alina Adonyi, State Network Policy Advocate
* Kay Faile, Legislative Liaison
* Kerry Ballast, Local Site Research Initiative, and New Teacher Initiative
* Dr. David Byrum, New Teacher Initiative
* Leonor Dombroski, Young Writer’s Camp
* Yarda Leflet, Hays CISD Writing Events
* Raena Wharton, Young Writer’s Camp
* Jennifer Woollven, Technology Liaison
* Laise Santana, San Marcos technology team
* Nikki Johnston, Round Rock Technology team
* Kasey Reed, Round Rock Technology team