About the Writing Program Institute

The Rutgers Writing Program Institute aims to encourage conversation about the pedagogy and practice of writing instruction. As notions about educational goals shift and develop over time, the WPI offers a pedagogical lens through which to question, understand, and develop the practices that might best prepare students for college writing.

The WPI operates under the assumption that if we are preparing students for college writing, then we are automatically preparing them to meet the challenges of standardized testing. Meanwhile, we know that the reverse is not true: if we focus only on teaching to the test, we will not be readying students for college. Therefore, the WPI maintains that its core principles will prepare students for college writing while simultaneously training them to succeed in high school and on standardized tests. Perhaps more importantly, when implemented properly, these principles encourage students to read critically, think analytically, and engage in academic and civic life responsibly.

Trained professionals from the Rutgers Writing Program travel to school districts across New Jersey to collaborate with instructors on site. We also invite teachers to programs on campus. Our workshops are informed by our core principles:

  • Non-fiction Essays about Ideas
  • Problem-Posing Assignments that Put Texts into Conversation
  • A Collaborative and Active Pedagogy
  • Revision as a Creative Process Patterns of Error in the Context of Student Writing
  • Shared Assessment Criteria