About Us

The San Joaquin Valley Writing Project (SJVWP), a professional community for educators, provides intellectual challenges, offers professional development opportunities, and supports educators in career-long growth and achievement. Successful teachers and administrators in all fields are identified and brought together yearly in an expanding pool of teacher leaders/consultants. This process creates an energy and enthusiasm among teachers that has made it possible, as never before, for teachers to be recognized as leaders and expert professionals. It is a self-perpetuating process that can change and improve teaching and learning in our classrooms in the Central Valley of California and across the counties we serve. Click here to read testimonials from teachers about how SJVWP has influenced their teaching careers.

SJVWP is a branch of the National Writing Project and the California Writing Project, professional development networks that serve teachers of writing at all grade levels, primary through university, and in all subjects. It is hosted by California State University, Fresno. We serve teachers, schools, and students in five counties: Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Tulare, and Kings.

As affiliates of the National Writing Project, SJVWP is authorized under NCLB, Title II, Part C as providers of standards-aligned professional development for teachers and administrators. We are also approved trainers for the ERWC Middle School curriculum. We are funded through the California Writing Project, an entity of the California Subject Matter Projects, and the National Writing Project.

Like our Facebook page, the Writing Teacher, for resources and ideas about teaching writing. We also post information about teacher professional development events in the group. You can also friend us on Facebook to stay connected with all things SJVWP.

Contact Information:

San Joaquin Valley Writing Project
Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education
5005 N. Maple Ave MS ED 202
Fresno, CA 93740-8025


Dr. Kathleen Godfrey, kgodfrey at csufresno.edu, 559-278-4919

Dr. Juliet Wahleithner, jwahleithner at csufresno.edu, 559-278-0219

Associate Directors:

Karen Yelton-Curtis, Secondary Programming

Jackie Smith, Curriculum and Inquiry Initiatives




3 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Had a blast when I was a part of the SJVWP in 2007 and would love to participate again. I still use some of the lessons created and shared during that time. Firstly, is it possible to take part once more? Also, would we be eligible for the 6 units as well?
    Thanks much, Nick.

    1. Thanks for the testimonial, Nick! We do accept returning Fellows if we don’t receive enough qualified applicants. Check with us at the end of February and I’ll have a better idea if we’ll have the funding for you to come back . . .

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