The Ozarks Writing Project (OWP), housed in the English Department within the College of Arts and Letters, is a collaborative program between Missouri State University and the National Writing Project (NWP), the premier effort to improve writing in America. Through its professional development model, NWP builds the leadership, programs, and research needed for teachers to help their students become successful writers and learners.
Every student deserves a highly skilled teacher of writing. To that end, each of the nearly 200 NWP sites conducts an annual summer institute, attended by the most experienced teachers in the area. Together, these teachers prepare for leadership roles by demonstrating their most effective practices, studying research, and improving their knowledge of writing by writing themselves.
As an OWP Teacher Consultant, you will become part of the OWP community, a lively, collegial network which offers resources and programs for deepening your knowledge about the teaching of writing and literacy issues, opportunities to grow as a writer, and ongoing support to realize new projects and initiatives. You will also have opportunities to expand your role as a leader. OWP Teacher Consultants shape and carry out all of the OWP’s work: professional development programs in schools, summer programs for teachers, Young Writers’ Camps, teacher research programs, Saturday Seminar sessions, special interest groups and more.
We are seeking strong classroom teachers, school principals, and other educators who are helping students become better writers, who promote equity for all students, and who are interested in taking on leadership in the ongoing work of the Ozarks Writing Project.