Advancing Literacy for All: San Diego Area Writing Project Receives Literacy Award

SDAWP’s Carol Schrammel (right) accepts a Celebrate Literacy Award from the Greater San Diego Reading Association on May 5.

The San Diego Area Writing Project at UC San Diego was recognized with a Celebrate Literacy Award for its 41 years of professional development service at this year’s Greater San Diego Reading Association’s Literary Awards ceremony.

Held on May 5, 2018 at the Handlery Hotel, the event honors librarians, teachers and community leaders for excellence in advancing literacy in the region. The Greater San Diego Reading Association is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to promoting a love for reading and lifelong learning.

The San Diego Area Writing Project (SDAWP) was selected to receive the award for its long history of promoting literacy and writing in our region, serving close to 10,000 educators and 3,000 students who have participated in SDAWP programs over four decades.

Carol Schrammel, San Diego Area Writing Project program manager, accepted the Celebrate Literacy Award on behalf of SDAWP.

“It is an honor to be recognized for the work we do with San Diego and Imperial county educators and students,” Schrammel said. “The San Diego Area Writing Project promotes socially responsible approaches to teaching writing to support the education and success of our region’s culturally and linguistically diverse student population. It’s a privilege to work with amazing educators and see first-hand the power of writing in a student’s life.”

SDAWP works directly in schools and with districts to improve the teaching of writing through a teachers-teaching-teachers model. As one of the 16 sites in the California Writing Project network, and one of 185 sites in the National Writing Project network, SDAWP has been the longest established Subject Matter Project in San Diego.

Housed at UC San Diego’s Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment and Teaching Excellence (CREATE), SDAWP provides annual summer open institute programs for TK-16 educators. It also offers Young Writers’ camps for students in grades 3 through freshman year of college. Each summer, the program boasts a waiting list for its “College Admission & Application Essay” camp for incoming high seniors and college transfer students.

“Supporting teachers to provide high quality instruction to each and every student in our region is our ultimate goal,” added SDAWP Director Kim Douillard. “We see education –and particularly writing — as a cornerstone of equity. Effective writers can communicate their views, an essential skill in a democracy. At the SDAWP, we are fortunate to work with so many passionate and talented educators and excited that their work, through our organization, is recognized.”

For more information on SDAWP, teacher professional development opportunities and Young Writers’ camps, visit the website or contact Carol Schrammel, program manager at