Improving Writing in
 Virgin Islands'

The VIWP embraces the Mission and Goals of NWP

  • Embarking on a rigorous and sustained program for the professional development of teachers of writing.
  • Promotes writing across the curriculum
  • Connects reading, writing and research
  • Continues the University’s mission to positively impact primary and secondary institutions in the territory.
  • Connects writing with critical thinking.
  • Develops strategies for attacking linguistic diversity.
  • Most students can learn most things given enough time and effort
  • Committed to solving problems unique to the Virgin Islands


  • The mission of the National Writing Project is to improve writing and learning in the nation’s schools. Through its professional development model, the National Writing Project recognizes the primary importance of teacher knowledge, expertise and leadership.
  • The National Writing Project believes that access to high quality educational experiences is a basic right of all learners and a cornerstone of equity. Through its extensive network of teachers, the National Writing Project seeks to promote exemplary instruction of writing in every classroom in America.
  • The National Writing Project values diversity — our own as well as that of our students, their families and their communities. We recognize that our lives and practices are enriched when those with whom we interact represent diversities of race, gender, class, ethnicity, and language.


  • To improve student writing and learning in K-16 classrooms;
  • To extend the uses of writing in all disciplines;
  • To provide schools, colleges, and universities with an effective professional role of successful classroom teachers.

Director:        Valerie Combie, Ph.D.

Co-Director:   Fenella Cooper, M.A.

Co-Director:   Sharon Charles, M.A.

Valerie Combie
Director, VIWP
UVI, RR1, 10,000
Kingshill, St. Croix 00850-9781

Jointly funded by National Writing Project, V.I. Department of Education, & University of the Virgin Islands.