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The C3WP Badge Series: Guidance Criteria for Sites Awarding Badges to Participants and Leaders

Author: The National Writing Project

Summary: The National Writing Project offers three badges to educators who have participated in the College, Career, and Community Writers Program, recognizing participation in teaching, facilitating professional learning, and designing professional development. This page details the guidance criteria for each badge.

Original Date of Publication: May 2020


The National Writing Project is pleased to offer badges to teachers and teacher-leaders who have participated in the College, Career, and Community Writers Program. These badges recognize the expertise gained from participation in C3WP at three levels: classroom practice, facilitation of professional learning, and design of professional development programs for teachers, schools, and districts.

Local sites are able to award all three badges to participants who meet the criteria below. Badges do not need to be awarded sequentially, and educators can receive all three if they meet the criteria.

C3WP Badge in Teaching

A teacher-leader who earns the teaching C3WP micro-credential…

  • Co-plans teaching C3WP instructional resources in the classroom with a Writing Project colleague.
  • Implements routine argument, at least four cycles of instruction, and a “Researching Self-Selected Topics” resource in his or her classroom (or in a colleagues’ classroom)
  • Writes source-based arguments themselves in a writing group and/or as part of professional development
  • Regularly uses the Using Sources tool to collaboratively analyze student writing
  • Regularly uses analysis of student writing to make decisions about next steps in teaching argument writing
  • Reads and responds to core readings (McCann, Harris, etc)
  • Is knowledgeable about additional resources: revising for commentary, creating text sets, revising for commentary, technology adaptations, etc
  • Reflects on the implications of his or her experiences for facilitating the professional development of teachers in a high-need school
  • Participates in national online events as available

C3WP Badge in Facilitating Professional Learning

A teacher-leader who earns the Facilitating Professional Learning micro-credential…

  • Completes all of the above
  • Supports colleagues in planning for and using C3WP instructional resources in their classrooms
  • Facilitates or co-facilitates a session with colleagues on analyzing student writing with the Using Sources Tool
  • Models a C3WP resource in professional development (e.g. at a school, conference, or Saturday seminar)
  • Serves as a coach or thinking partner for a teacher participating in a year-long arc of C3WP professional development
  • Reflects on the implications of their experiences for designing professional development for teachers in a high-need school

C3WP Badge in Designing Professional Learning

A teacher-leader who earns the Designing Professional Learning micro-credential…

  • Completes all of the above
  • Designs and conducts a needs/assets review with a high need school
  • Leads Using Sources Tool formative assessment sessions with teachers
  • Designs and facilitates PD on C3WP curricular resources
  • Co-teaches, co-plans, and/or coaches teachers in facilitating professional development
  • Leads communication with principals or other administrators about C3WP PD
  • Gathers and reflects on feedback from participating teachers at the school
  • Plans a year-long arc of professional development in a high-need school
  • Clearly explains the goals and design principles of C3WP to other educators
  • Reflects on the implications of their experiences for designing future professional development for teachers in a high-need school
This post is part of the NWP Badges collection.