Through a grant from the Spencer Foundation, the National Writing Project and its partners have worked to develop the Civically Engaged Writing Analysis Continuum (CEWAC). This writing rubric and supporting materials are designed to assess youth’s ability to engage in public arguments, rooted in evidence and reasoning, enter productive civic conversations, and take action both in and out of school. This project was part of Spencer’s Civic Measures initiative that engaged researchers in creating measures focused on “the quality of youth civic and political engagement and the factors that might impact it.” Learn More About CEWAC’s Origins ›

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation provided additional support for engaging its Deeper Learning initiative in the pilot process and for dissemination.

Working Group

  • Linda Friedrich, National Writing Project, Principal Investigator
  • Stan Pesick, National Writing Project and Bay Area Writing Project, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Janelle Quintans Bence, Coppell Independent School District and North Star Writing Project
  • Young-Whan Choi, Oakland Unified School District
  • Cathy Cohen, University of Chicago
  • Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, National Writing Project
  • Allen Louis Linton III, University of Chicago
  • Rachel Roberson, KQED
  • Denise Sauerteig, KQED
  • Scott Strother, WestEd
  • Carl Whithaus, University of California, Davis
  • Jah-Yee Woo, Oakland Unified School District