The District of Columbia Area Writing Project (DCAWP), the local site of the National Writing Project, is a professional development network for teachers. DCAWP works to increase literacy by improving the teaching and learning of writing. With more than 175 active teacher consultants, DCAWP has been providing high quality professional development in the Washington, DC area since 1995. DCAWP is one of over 200 writing project sites across the country that serve more than 135,835 teachers annually. The ultimate goal of the teachers in DCAWP is to enrich and empower our own lives and the lives of our students through writing. We seek to improve the writing of students in all grade levels in the District of Columbia metropolitan community. Successful educators, who support and enhance each other’s instruction through demonstration and dialogue, are the centerpiece of DCAWP.