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The #blog4nwp archive

434 posts so far!

Our #blog4nwp campaign began as a mid-March weekend push to restore federal funding to the National Writing Project (NWP). At the beginning of March – as part of a continuing resolution to fund the government during its budget impasse – Congress and President Obama cut funding to the NWP and several other educational programs considered to be “earmarks” – programs that receive their funding directly from Congressional legislation, rather than from a departmental budget.

Congress cut the NWP because of its earmark status without regard for its incredible, cost-efficient impact on teaching and learning. In fact, the NWP reaches more teachers and students annually than this year’s i3 federal innovation grant winners combined. Still, if the NWP is not reinstated in the federal budget as an earmark or as part of the Department of Education’s budget, the NWP will be de-funded regardless of its merit and nationwide reach.

If defunded, the NWP will face an immediate budget shortfall as local sites are funded in part by federal money and in part by matching grants. As local sites lose funding, the NWP’s ability to help teachers share their expertise in writing instruction will suffer and countless teacher and student voices will be lost in the shuffle of standardized educational programs that simply aren’t designed to teach the critical reasoning and communications skills that the NWP instills in countless classrooms across our country.

It’s essential to our children’s development of creativity and civic-mindedness that our government funds the NWP. It’s essential that we #blog4nwp and help our government understand how valuable the NWP is and how much we want its work to continue without interruption.

I send heartfelt thanks to all of you championing the National Writing Project and its vital work in professional development and the lifting up of teacher and student voices.

Below you will find listed the posts submitted as part of #blog4nwp. Our big blogging push will be over the weekend of March 18th, 2011, but I will certainly also include #blog4nwp posts from earlier in the week, as well as those that follow thereafter.

Here is a page that can help you get started in blogging for #blog4nwp, and here is a page suggesting other ways to help.

Feel free to email me or @ or DM me on Twitter if I miss a post.

#blog4nwp Posts

    1. Kate WillaredtSave the NWP
    2. Mary Tedrow – Mourning in America
    3. Joseph Kahne – Congress Decides Literacy is a Bridge to Nowhere
    4. Delaine ZodyDo you teach writing?
    5. Susan R. Adams – How a Teacher Becomes a Writer
    6. Leslie Morton – I started thinking numbers…
    7. Ellen SheltonWhy the National Writing Project Matters
    8. Jeromy Winter#blog4nwp
    9. Kristin H. TurnerThe Best Gift I Gave Myself – NWP
    10. Bryan Crandall – In Support of the National Writing Project
    11. Pam MoranI Write for Savannah
    12. Chad SansingA student voice in games-based learning
    13. Britton Gildersleeve#blog4nwp
    14. Paul OhWriting is Thinking
    15. Paul OhAn Idea
    16. Lisa @teachingfriendsWhy We Need to Save the National Writing Project
    17. Chad SansingTo President Obama
    18. Kathee GodfreeThe Value of the National Writing Project
    19. Kevin HodgsonMarch Book Madness: Because Digital Writing Matters
    20. Kevin HodgsonWhy the National Writing Project Matters
    21. Kevin HodgsonSlice of Life: Rally for the NWP
    22. Meenoo RamiSave NWP
    23. Sandra Shattuck – NWP – BEST deal ever!
    24. Amanda Cornwell – Uncertainty
    25. Meg PetersenSave the National Writing Project
    26. Stephanie West-PuckettBridging Equity: Every Story Has Two Sides
    27. Troy HicksOn Scholarship, Significance, and the NWP
    28. Red River Valley Writing ProjectBlogging to save NWP
    29. April EstepChad Sansing Made Me Do It
    30. Paula WhiteVoice Matters–Just Ask My Kindergarteners
    31. Kevin HodgsonA Found Poem
    32. Keri @OzarksWPWhat the National Project Means to Me
    33. Nancy DevineThe Importance of the National Writing Project
    34. Save the National Writing Project Facebook Cause
    35. Gail DeslerBlogging 4 NWP
    36. Ira SocolFunding What Works
    37. Ryan Swank – Two RSS feeds from the National Writing Project I count on daily.
    38. Rita Sorrentino – Save the NWP
    39. Julia Hewitt – Bearing witness
    40. Joel Malley – Standing Against the Tide with the NWP
    41. Danielle Helzer – Blogging for NWP
    42. Donalyn MillerRaising Our Voices in Support of the National Writing Project
    43. Stephanie Vanderslice – Support the NWP: A Very Special Blog Post
    44. Chris SloanDon’t cut the good stuff, or My two cents (literally
    45. Uma Krishnaswami – Don’t Write Off the National Writing Project
    46. Margaret Simon – Fifteen Years with the National Writing Project
    47. Janelle Quintans Bence – Because of NWP
    48. Karen Allmen – Why I Have This Blog
    49. Sally Martin – Restore National Writing Project Funding
    50. Marilyn J. Hollman – Then I Met the Writing Project
    51. Grant FaulknerWriting Project Teachers as Writers and Bloggers
    52. Rafi SantoGetting Clear on Priorities: Save the National Writing Project
    53. Christina CantrillLearning in Community
    54. Gail DeslerWhy the National Writing Project Matters – Some stolen thoughts and words
    55. Peter PappasThe National Writing Project Needs More Than Praise, It Needs Funding
    56. Bonnie KaplanBlog4NWP: Save the Writing Project
    57. Lynn JacobsThe National Writing Project, My Students and Me
    58. Shane WilsonIf the Pen Is Mightier…
    59. Bill Tucker – The Mustard Tree
    60. Paul W. Hankins#blog4NWP: NWP SI: The Best “How I Spent My Summer” Theme You’ll Ever Write
    61. Carol Williams-RevelleWhy we should save the National Writing Project
    62. Julia Hewitt – Beyond Crusher
    63. Julia Hewitt – Celebrating Summer Institute
    64. Michele Simonetty – That’s What Writers Do!
    65. Karen Keltz – blog 4NWP
    66. Joseph McCaleb – On the Redemption of Rhetoric
    67. Jeremy Hyler – NWP – I Am A Writer!
    68. Shannon Falkner – Preserving National Writing Project
    69. Jennifer DiAngeles – Writing for Real – March, 20th
    70. Upper Peninsula Writing Project – The National Writing Project…it is life changing!
    71. Gavin TachibanaTo the Teachers, Thoughts from an NWP Staffer
    72. Lisa Madden – Keep Paying It Forward
    73. Mr. KabodianThe world does not make sense anymore
    74. Amy Laitinen and Jennifer Kobylinski – PLEASE SAVE THE NWP: A Student’s Perspective (Amy)
    75. Bud HuntThere’s No One Coming. That’s Okay. A #blog4nwp
    76. Kimberly CrandallThe Importance of Funding The National Writing Project
    77. Jack ZangerleWhy the Common Core Needs the National Writing Project
    78. Lynette H HarrisA Rural Perspective
    79. Andrea ZellnerSometimes words are enough: #blog4NWP
    80. Fred Mindlin#blog4nwp “…write about something that matters”
    81. Andrea ZellnerThe #blog4nwp VoiceThread
    82. Kara GraciI Am More Than A Statistic
    83. Judy Jester – Save the National Writing Poject
    84. Michael ThorntonLost and Unengaged
    85. Jan SabinNWP = Magical Kingdom
    86. Kay McGriffTeachers Write the Way
    87. Erin WilkeyTeacher Writers Reflect Deeply, #blog4nwp
    88. M.E. Steele-PierceOWP-NWP At Risk
    89. Chad Sansing#blog4nwp Reflections
    90. Aaron ThiellOn the NWP
    91. Shullamuth SmithNational Sanity Project
    92. Sheri Edwards#blog4nwp
    93. Zac ChaseThings I Know 78 of 365: I Blog4NWP
    94. Caroline – Why We Need the National Writing Project
    95. Jane Carlile BakerNational Writing Project
    96. Sara Beauchamp-HicksAdvocating for the NWP: A Mother’s Perspective
    97. Sara AllenWhy I Value the National Writing Project
    98. Aaron ThiellOn the NWP
    99. Mardys Leeper – Penny Wise and Pound Foolish
    100. Mary Meyer – Blog 4 NWP
    101. Chris LehmannSave the National Writing Project
    102. Cody WalkerNational Writing Project
    103. Karen ChichesterA Day Late, but….A Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks
    104. Ann EtchisonWriting Everyday
    105. Tanya BakerStewardship
    106. Aaron ThiellKeep Your Heart in Yourself
    107. Alicia McCauleyGiving Voice
    108. Michael Thompson – NWP Empowers All of Us
    109. Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez – Social Justice and the National Writing Project
    110. Bud HuntAn Open Letter to Congressman Cory Gardner – Restore Funding for the National Writing Project
    111. Steve J. MooreSomething That Works
    112. Barbara HasselbachEven finance people can be convinced to write
    113. Angela StockmanMissed Opportunities: The National Writing Project
    114. Lacy ManshipThe Kind of People Here
    115. Juli Peterson#blog4nwp: Grammar Bootcamp Changed My Life
    116. H.K. Hummel – A New Engangered Species: Our Teacher Communities
    117. Kevin HodgsonThe Half-Full NWP/WMWP Glass: We Still Have Us
    118. Chad Sansing3 ways to help #blog4nwp
    119. Chad Sansing15 #blog4nwp easy-tweets
    120. Kevin HodgsonDear Sen. Brown/Sen. Kerry: Support NWP
    121. Joel MalleyCall to Action: #blog4NWP
    122. Bonnie KaplanBlog4NWP: 19/31 SOLC
    123. Andrea Zellner#blog4NWP, twitter, and speaking up
    124. April Estep#Blog4NWP And Being Bossy
    125. Drew Henry – To Whom It May Concern
    126. Cindy Urbanski#blog4nwp: The force of the NWP
    127. Cindy UrbanskiWhat Writing Project Teachers Do
    128. Karen Greco – I attribute my success to the National Writing Project
    129. Elizabeth Schurman – Why We Should Fund the National Writing Project
    130. Peter KittleCommunity, Professional Development, and the NWP #blog4nwp
    131. Joseph McCalebNWP: Time of Transition
    132. Thomas Perry – Writing is ESSENTIAL in all communication
    133. Maria AngalaI will see it through…
    134. Joe Bellacero – Those Who Can…Teach
    135. Michelle SchnedenSave the National Writing Project!
    136. Rich Argys – The Best There Is
    137. Melanie Burdick – NWP – Teaching Writing for Work and Soul
    138. Gail DeslerThe NWP Does Not Offer a Finder’s Fee
    139. Michael PrierNWP is Good Eats
    140. Bud HuntI’d Look at the Congressional Fridge. Wouldn’t You?
    141. Maria – Blogging for NWP
    142. Lynn Chih-Ning Chang – Congress needs to reconsider its decision
    143. Kim SutherlandEducation Disaster Marinade
    144. Michelle Shaw – #blog4nwp Save NWP
    145. Julie Kay – Thoughts on the NWP
    146. Larry Campbell – #blog4nwp – This project is invaluable
    147. Carol Roger – NWP embodies the American spirit
    148. Anita Rose Merando – The Authors
    149. Laura Schiller – I, for one, am ready to march
    150. Sara Burnett – The NWP invigorates practice
    151. Jonathan Hardin – NWP is a capital investment
    152. Leslie Joblin – We need Critical Thinkers. We need informed and inquiring citizens. We need the National Writing Project.
    153. Art Peterson – The National Writing Project is a Revolution
    154. Richard Koch – #blog4nwp: The Crucial Work of NWP
    155. Laura Roop – #blog4nwp: Over Half of My Life with NWP
    156. Leslie Morton – Why NWP maters? Because it allowed me to meet Billy Collins!
    157. Leslie Morton – Dr. Livingstone I Presume? Thanks for the writing help!
    158. Katie Naron – A Story of Transformation
    159. Sandra Hamilton – NWP – A Professional Home
    160. Michelle Rogge Ganon – How can we possibly do without the National Writing Project?
    161. Joanne Wisniewski – Our words define us
    162. Beth Ann Rothermel – A stronger teacher of teachers
    163. Yvonne Holland – What more could you want?
    164. Paul Ohinvitations, exultations and grandmothers
    165. Anthony PennayA Modest Proposal
    166. Bud HuntA #blog4nwp in Which I Ask for Your Assistance. Urgently.
    167. Chad SansingThree #blog4nwp questions for the next two weeks
    168. Kristin Korneliussen – In Support of the National Writing Project
    169. Kim Ellis – I would be heartbroken to lose the writing project
    170. Pamela Ugor – #blog4nwp – Students, schools, and education working together
    171. Sue Books – #blog4nwp – I know of no other program that works so well
    172. Nicole GaudenMy Voice
    173. Heather Hollands, Word … to the Mic
    174. Amy Laitinen, Digital Is…Teaching Our Writing to Breathe
    175. Paul Oh, Hope
    176. Leigh Graves Wolf#blog4nwp
    177. Amy Laitinen, The Hand As Map: NWP & the Holocaust Educators Network
    178. Larry Neuberger, The National Writing Project – 1600 E. Memory Lane
    179. Laura Lennox Ifill – The National Writing Project makes better teachers
    180. Katie Kline, Collaborating, Writing and Listening in the GKCWP
    181. Anne Herrington, “As a citizen, it’s beyond me …”
    182. Mike Cassidy – Digital literacy mortally wounded in budget battle
    183. Amy Van Zanten – #blog4nwp – Endless benefits
    184. Lucille Burt – Dear Senator Kerry
    185. Linda Bieber – Thank you, NWP
    186. Mike Rush – A Word While I Wait
    187. Bill Stewart – NWP
    188. Annie Riggs – What I can add
    189. Rochelle Ramay – Imagine the Silence #blog4nwp
    190. Heather HollandsMarch Madness: We Need A Win in Education with the NWP
    191. Kathleen Gorney – NWP opens doors
    192. Lisa Koen – #blog4nwp – The camaraderie of writers
    193. Rebecca Burdett – Don’t let the National Writing Project be a casualty
    194. Christine McCartney – #blog4nwp – An invaluable partner
    195. Jessica BeckConnecting with NWP
    196. Amanda Cornwell – SOLSC ~ 2011 ~ 29/31
    197. Meredith StewartAn Unlikely Advocate
    198. Floris Wilma Ortiz-Marrero – A unique professional development organization
    199. Ann Hovey – #blog4nwp – Invigorating and life-changing
    200. Julie Jee – NWP keeps my love of teaching alive and well
    201. Bud Hunt Yeah. It’s like that.
    202. Lisa Weight – #blog4nwp – Tremendous impact
    203. Laura Tracy BaisdenBlog 4 NWP Support
    204. Charles Moran – The National Writing Project is a national treasure.
    205. Shannon BolingDC Bound
    206. Larry NeuburgerThe National Writing Project – 1600 E. Memory Lane
    207. Jason Courtmanche – Leaner and Meaner
    208. Tim Buchanan – The NWP is a great hope for human growth
    209. Kathy Moran – The One and Only Writing Project
    210. Teachers Teaching Teachers – Why we love the National Writing Project and why federal funding is important
    211. Bud HuntEveryone’s a writer. NWP taught me that.
    212. Chad SansingPoppycock
    213. Ray Palasz – #blog4nwp – This is one program that you should support
    214. Northern California Writing ProjectSave the National Writing Project! #blog4nwp
    215. Ruth FerrisWriting Matters
    216. Teresa Bunner – Letter to the President
    217. Kevin Hodgson – The Writer In Me: Slice of Life, NWP, and More
    218. Shirley Brown – Save the NWP
    219. Lizbeth Bryant – Pushing for NWP
    220. Patsy Pipkin – #blog4nwp – A win-win learning experience
    221. Katie KlineNWP Job Losses Impact Local Work
    222. Ted Fabiano – #blog4nwp – Writing preserves humanity
    223. Kelly Muprhy – The Importance of the National Writing Project
    224. Joel MalleyLearning is not a race
    225. Patricia Roberson – What NWP Means to Me and My Students
    226. BLOG4NWP Posterous contributor – NWP Connected Me to Passionate Writers and Life Long Friends
    227. Cindy Rush – The positives of NWP and how it has impacted me, a non-teacher
    228. Chad Sansing#blog4nwp by Friday, April 8th, 2011
    229. Vicki Holmsten – NWP in the 4 Corners
    230. Britton Gildersleeve – ‘We will be salt in the body politic’
    231. Kevin HodgsonAt the 4Cs: Our NWP Connections
    232. Pat Mumford – Dear Oprah
    233. Chad SansingThe United States of #blog4nwp
    234. Scot Squires – #blog4nwp – NWP High
    235. Nicolas Gutkowski – I Want To Be Heard (blog4nwp)
    236. Bruce Penniman – A Letter to President Obama
    237. Joe BellaceroAre you listening, Mr. Duncan, Sir?
    238. Gretchen Draper – The End of the Summer Institute
    239. Gretchen Draper – Passion
    240. Gretchen Draper – Storm Clouds over Washington
    241. Laura Beachy – Digesting the Field Trip
    242. Sean Robertson – Why the National Writing Project Matters
    243. Monique Poldberg – Setting the Stage
    244. Sally Crisp – Dear President Obama
    245. Nick Chanese – Personal Business: The National Writing Project
    246. Denise Hinson – A Blog for the National Writing Project
    247. Ruth Lizotte – Fight for NWP
    248. Donna Montenegro – Letter to NH Senator Jeanne Shaheen
    249. Nancy Reece – The importance of writing and learning
    250. Marcie Wolfe – My story is the National Writing Project story
    251. Liz Tascio – Standing on Stage with a Poem in My Hand
    252. Alisa Wood – Writing IS the Student
    253. David S. White – Writing Plays a Vital Role in Life
    254. Steve J. MooreEverything Must Go!
    255. Nick Jenkins – Writing Instruction Gives Students a Leg Up
    256. Ann Shelton – From a Retired Librarian
    257. Lauren Wright – Writing as Essential in Every Aspect of Life
    258. Mallory Davidson – NWP is a Valuable Tool for our Nation’s Educators
    259. Leslie S. Cook – I attribute my success to the National Writing Project.
    260. Grant FaulknerTo Write or Not to Write. To Be or Not to Be.
    261. Jenny Moore – #blog4nwp: Writing for our Students, Ourselves
    262. Margaret Fiore – Committed to lifelong learning
    263. Ed Osterman – On Being Transformed
    264. Julie Johnson – Opening Doors Through National Writing Project
    265. Karen LaBonteIt’s the WRITING, Stupid
    266. Crystal BeachBecause Writing Matters…
    267. Corey HarbaughA Dozen Years of Teacher Leadership
    268. Debi Freeman – Why the Writing Project Matters
    269. Rebekah Crider – It Should Concern All of Us
    270. Trace Martin – Writing Makes Students Competitive
    271. Hilary Adamec – Cutting NWP Funding Is a Terrible Disservice
    272. Robert Shelton – A Father’s Support for NWP
    273. Constance Krueger – Teachers, take hold of your profession.
    274. From the Wabanaki Writing Project – NWP – Nurturer of America’s Soul
    275. Rose Coon – Fight for the NWP
    276. Fran Simone – Fight for the NWP
    277. Sandy – National Writing Project
    278. Lee G. Lehto – MWP
    279. Britton GildersleeveWe Do Not Sacrifice Children
    280. Jilleyn WalkerSupport for National Writing Project
    281. Sharon Martin – Squabbling Over Crumbs
    282. Jeff Grinvalds – Save the National Writing Project
    283. Paul Sanchez – Aporia
    284. Jillian Ross – What I Have Learned From A National Model of Praxis: The Core Values of NWP
    285. Susan Al-Jarrah – Fight for the NWP
    286. Penny Bowles – Don’t Write Off the National Writing Project
    287. Penny Bowles – Save NWP!
    288. Jamie Hughes – It’s the Write Thing to Do
    289. Kristy Singletary – The Capacity to Transform Education
    290. Benjamin GormanSave the NWP!
    291. Gail PoulinNWP – Write On!
    292. Dave Pulling – The National Writing Project Reviewers Creed
    293. Sue Morrell – Cutting Worthy Programs: A Few Words in Favor of the National Writing Project
    294. Lindsay Ellis – Hear us, Washington
    295. Greg Moffitt – Writing for Superman
    296. Stephanie Runion – Don’t close the door on NWP
    297. Sarah Rizzo – NWP Works!
    298. Blog4NWP PosterousSupport for the Maine Writing Project
    299. Blog4NWP PosterousFunding for National Writing Project
    300. Beth Campbell – My Experiences with the NWP
    301. Courtney Cline – NWP – I was not, but now I am.
    302. Erica Lynn – NWP
    303. Laura Thompson – One of a Thousand
    304. Pell Culler – Save National Writing Project
    305. SaraBeth Bass – Fertile Ground
    306. Shannon Sloan – NWPM
    307. Toby Pirolla – NWP and What It Means to Me
    308. Beth Campbell – Funding Should Be Increased for NWP
    309. Kathleen Yeager – Restore Funding to the NWP
    310. Colleen Martin – Teacher Consultant Colleen Martin Blogs for NWP
    311. Joe Bellino – Fully Fund the National Writing Project
    312. Paul Epstein – A Cut that Hurts
    313. Scott FloydNational Writing Project Grows Lifelong Learners
    314. Amanda Gulla – The National Writing Project: Building Skills, Confidence, and a Sense of Joy
    315. Frank Dehoney – Loss of Funding – Loss of Professional Development
    316. Blog4NWP PosterousNWP Blog Post
    317. Debbie Dehoney – Passion for Teaching
    318. Lisa Correnti – The National Writing Project: A True Blue Chip
    319. Blog4NWP PosterousNYCWP: A Place to Call Home
    320. Rhonda Urquidi – Boise State Writing Project Changes Lives
    321. Azalie Hightower – Fight to Keep NWP’s Funding
    322. Blog4NWP PosterousWhat NWP Did for Me
    323. Elaine Avidon – It’s All Very Personal & It Isn’t!
    324. Sarah Harrington – Power Unleashed
    325. Meredith DeCosta-Smith – The National Writing Project: Transforming Teachers, Transforming Lives
    326. Susan Hendricks – Kids Are Writers
    327. Carolyn Newell – Fight For NWP
    328. Nancy Mintz – The Impact of NWP’s National Programs
    329. Christina Puntell – Collaborations strengthen connections to school, each other
    330. Blog4NWP PosterousA Writing Project Story
    331. Kellie Hannum – NWP is too important to lose
    332. Melanie Hammer – Love letter to NWP
    333. Sondra Perl – My Origins in the National Writing Project – A Personal Reflection
    334. Felicia George – Why We Need to Support the NWP
    335. Leyanna Savaan – A Student Writes about her NWP-Trained Teacher
    336. Chad SansingWhy I’m Part of the Blog4NWP Campaign
    337. Joanne Lannin – Why we need the National Writing Project
    338. Kate Walton – NWP is Priceless
    339. Blog4NWP PosterousFire and Ice
    340. Peter Shaheen – A Case for the NWP
    341. Stephanie Vanderslice – Why I am a Writing Project Site Director
    342. Pamela Gamby Bagby – The Writer Within Us All
    343. Blog4NWP PosterousNWP Equals Continuous Life-long Learning
    344. Blog4NWP PosterousWhat Would Happen if those with the Power of the Purse Experienced the Power of NWP?
    345. Kelsey KrausenA Letter of Appreciation to Writing Project Teachers
    346. Janie Brown- Why I Believe in the National Writing Project
    347. Kate Moss – So Simple and So Rare
    348. Crystal BeachWriting For Everyone
    349. NorCal Writing Project at WorkMy Experiences with NCWP
    350. Paul OhPoem In Your Pocket
    351. Pam MoranThe Audacity of Hope
    352. Anne Moege – Blog4NWP
    353. Sindu Sathiyaseelan – National Writing Project Needs to Be Funded!
    354. Kris Atwood = Continuing Support with Writing Projects
    355. Judy Gray – Invaluable lessons
    356. Lee Ann SpillaneThe National Writing Project
    357. April EstepBathroom Encounters
    358. Crystal BeachWhat the 2012 Campaign Means to Me
    359. Paula DiedrichStaying Connected…Please Don’t Cut Our Lifeline
    360. Rebecca Moore – Save the National Writing Project
    361. Anne Farmer – A Community of Support
    362. Janice Stallings – A Bridge between Teachers, Students, and Intellectual Creativity
    363. Susan Al-Jarrah – Profession
    364. Leayn Losh – Finding Teachers’ Inner Strength
    365. Avis Caynor – Teachers Need NWP
    366. Nancy Wilson – Looking Back Thirty Years
    367. Nancy Coco – Hope is not a strategy
    368. Kate Moss – So simple and so rare
    369. Erin WilkeyThe Day the Photographer Came
    370. Linda Denstaedt – I Am a Change Agent
    371. Peter Shaheen – Twitches and Webs Ahead for NWP
    372. Brian FayYeah, I’ll Blog for the National Writing Project
    373. Georgia Christgau – Why I Value the NWP
    374. Candace Doerr-Stevens – NWP: Network Relevance Through Versatility
    375. Susan Martens – Dear Washington, D.C.: Please Restore Federal Funding for the National Writing Project
    376. Elizabeth Schurman – The Humanity
    377. Jessica Brookman – Save NWP
    378. M Luskey – Joe and the Notebook
    379. Christina CantrillDear Department of Education. This I believe.
    380. Margie Sartin – Networking with the Best
    381. Heather Robinson –  NWP – a life-changing experience
    382. Patricia Scanlan – Outstanding Teachers Rely on NWP
    383. Rodney Bailey – We Need the NWP
    384. Cita Smith – #blog4nwp
    385. Rhonda Brinyark – #blog4nwp
    386. Lauren Hammonds – #blog4nwp
    387. Vicki M. Jones – GKCWP Reflection
    388. Suzanne Shaffer – National Writing Project at Risk
    389. Britton Gildersleeves – Digital Is – medicine for the heart
    390. Shannon Ruiz – Funding Programs Like the NWP States that Education Matters
    391. blog4NWP Posterous – National Writing Project
    392. Virginia Plummer – Supporting the National Writing and Maine Writing Projects
    393. C. Wolfe – I Believe that Teachers Should Teach Teachers
    394. Harlow Stewart – I Was A Skeptic
    395. Joe Routhier – Surprise Me
    396. Alex Gil – What do we teach when we teach writing?
    397. Annie Thoms – The Best Teacher Training I’ve Ever Known
    398. Kim Blevins – The National Writing Project turned my classroom upside down
    399. Cathy IkedaWhy Hawai’i Needs Writing Project
    400. Delia King – Planting the Seeds of Writing
    401. Penny Lew  – The NWP and Me (or How to Revitalize a Teacher
    402. Djana E. Trofimoff – NWP: My Strength to Teach
    403. Jean Plummer – Supporting the National Writing and Maine Writing Projects
    404. Brian Slusher – Howl for the National Writing Project
    405. blog4NWP Posterous – How Do You Quantify …
    406. Laura VanDerPloeg – Support the NWP
    407. Bill FitzgeraldEducational Programs That Work: Funding the National Writing Project
    408. Sharon Hanson = Most Effective Grass-roots Teaching Movement in America
    409. Blog4NWP Posterous Meanderings
    410. Joe Burke – The NWP Revolutionized My Teaching Practice
    411. Chad Sansing #blog4nwp – Be heard before Congress votes
    412. Peter Shaheen – #blog4nwp – Even silence speaks volumes
    413. Janet Isenhour – What Did You Do on Your Summer Vacation?
    414. Paul RogersThe National Writing Project: Social Enterprise in Education
    415. Reene Martin – NWP Funding
    416. Tracey Flores – #blog4nwp – The fire inside
    417. Peter Shaheen – #blog4nwp – An open invitation
    418. Phip Ross – Making the Road
    419. Diane Barrie – The Most Effective PD
    420. Chad Sansing#blog4nwp – Stay tuned; stay energized
    421. Kevin HodgsonThe Competition: Where NWP Stands
    422. Jeff Grinvalds – Attack on Public Education
    423. Jane Frick – Welcome to PRAIRIE VOICE
    424. Caroline ThompsonSave NWP!
    425. Heather Lewis – NWP Inspires
    426. Paul Epstein – Writing Project Cuts Hurt
    427. Ellen Steigman – Making a Difference
    428. Judy Jester – Congress, Can You Spare a Dime? A Teacher Makes the Case for the National Writing Project
    429. kmhowellmartin – #blog4nwp
    430. Christy Casher – Save National Writing Project!
    431. Jeremy Hyler – Weathering the Storm
    432. Mary Beth Willis – Finding My Voice in the World
    433. Anna Anderson – NWP
    434. Chad Sansing My letter in support of the Miller-Van Hollen letter

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119 thoughts on “The #blog4nwp archive

  1. First blog post for the NWP blogging/tweeting weekend:
    Chad, if you’d add to your list, I’d really appreciate it. In writing solidarity! – Sandra

    Posted by sdshattuck | March 18, 2011, 7:41 am
    • You post is now linked, Sandra – thank you!

      Posted by Chad Sansing | March 18, 2011, 11:12 am
    • Dear Oprah,
      The National Writing Project and other literacy programs for students have been cut from the federal budget. I am hoping this letter will shed some light on why this matters to America’s teachers.
      I have spent the last 38 years in education. Actually, if one counts my undergraduate years and work in Head Start, I’ve been an educator for 41 years. During that time, I’ve had amazing experiences with students. My rural, migrant, minority kindergarteners received letters from Charles Shultz after we sent Valentines to Charlie Brown. Consequently, they were convinced that reading, writing, and communication would open their world.
      Adidas and John Starks built my inner city school a new basketball court. I wrote to Mr. Starks telling him the influence he had on my students and Adidas came to interview them. My students wrote an editorial for the local newspaper urging citizens to help keep school playgrounds safe and clean. Through writing they learned the power of their voices.
      Another class studied an urban renewal building project, making friends with the architect, project manager, brick layers, etc. in a real world environment where we studied archeology, city planning, careers, budget management, and more. After traveling to the site weekly, we created journals and scrapbooks of the process, wrote stories and articles, and invited city leaders to our portfolio party. The students learned the power of writing to learn.
      With no funds for field trips, we started a donut sales company to earn bus rental for a field trip to Oklahoma City, our capitol. These third-fifth graders incorporated technology to budget and track our profits, marketing ideas to advertise, and hard work before, after and during school. Many of these students had never left their neighborhood, much less their city. We toured the site and museum of the Oklahoma City bombing, the State Capitol, and attended the ballet. The students learned the power of technology, hard work, and communication to reach a goal.
      I have provided opportunities for students to reflect on their learning through writing, how to research their burning questions, and how to stand up for their rights. Kindergarten thru eighth grade and then at the local community college, I’ve been able to empower students to direct their own learning.
      These experiences were significant to both my students and to me as a life- long learner. These types of authentic learning opportunities were possible because of my development as a professional and my belief in students being capable, engaged learners. Since 1994, my growth has come through being involved with a network of teachers who are dedicated to improving education, the National Writing Project.
      The National Writing Project, a non-profit organization, was the first to create institutes where teachers K-University meet together for self improvement and collegial support. The project started at the University of Berkeley in 1974 with the need to help teachers become more proficient at teaching writing. Now, we have over 200 sites based at Universities in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Each site runs a summer institute and provides workshops for local teachers designed to meet the unique needs of their teaching situations. We also have partnership grants with Gates, Carnegie, McArthur, and the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC where we lead teachers into a world of technology, publish student work, and provide resources for them to share with their local districts. Two years ago, we started working with the embassy in South Africa as we have had teachers from Africa attend our institutes in the states.
      NWP has been effective and successful over the past 37 years and we have the research to prove our programming has depth and breath. We leverage $3.00 for every dollar received from the federal government, we have built a website rich with resources for all teachers to access. Please visit for more details.
      Unfortunately, all of our federal funding has been cut along with many other powerful literacy programs, four billion dollars from the FY 2011 budget. Because of your love for reading and writing and a lifetime in communication, I am sure you can see this is a great loss to the teachers and students of this nation and beyond. This means the 37 years NWP built an infrastructure will be lost as well. It is much like throwing away the baby with the bathtub.
      Oprah, I’m desperate and asking for your expertise. Teachers are not trained in fund raising; they are called to teach. It is a profession of humility and service. The teachers in our network and across the country are emotionally and physically drained. Our government keeps telling them to focus on test scores. The public says they are no good. Now the people who have supported and believed in them are being zeroed out of the FY2011 budget.
      We know research has proven the number one factor in improving education is good teachers; we are losing them. Teachers want to provide experiences like I mentioned above for their students. And Oprah, these are the best. These are teachers who are the teacher of the year, published authors, committee chairs in the world of education, and continue to practice their craft daily with their students.
      Will you help the National Writing Project? Do you have suggestions? You’ve been in my life throughout my teaching career. We spent many dinner conversations with our three sons around the daily topic of your show. Now I turn to you as a friend of education. How do we keep the National Writing Project for future teachers and students?


      Pat Mumford

      Posted by Pat Mumford | March 21, 2011, 12:33 pm
  2. Chad, please add this #blog4nwp piece, from the Karuna Journals:

    Posted by Paul Oh | March 18, 2011, 2:47 pm
  3. And, here’s another one, from Troy Hicks (@hickstro):

    Posted by Paul Oh | March 18, 2011, 2:53 pm
  4. The National Writing Project changes teachers’ professional lives in a powerful and positive way. In turn, teachers change students’ lives. It is critical that Federal Funding be restored for this premier professional development program for teachers for many reasons, one of them being the students themselves.

    Posted by Ann Dobie | March 19, 2011, 6:20 pm
  5. I participated in a three week long NWP almost 10 years ago, and I wholeheartedly believe that it changed my life both personally and professionally. At the time, I was a neophyte teacher who agreed to attend the training because my job depended on it. I had received very little writing instruction during my teacher preparation program at the university level, and looking back, I believe my principal at the time was grooming me for 4th grade. The workshop challenged me in ways I never expected, and I learned more about the writing process during those three weeks than I had ever learned in all of my seventeen years of prior education. The daily writing exercises and the constant revision activities helped me gain confidence in myself as a writer and a teacher. I can vividly recall the afternoon read aloud, and for the first time in my life I began to appreciate writer’s craft. I still read my reflexive piece to my students each year, and I am deeply moved by how much my writing improved over such a short period of time. I have encouraged all of my colleagues to attend this phenomenal training over the years, and I am 100% convinced that this training shaped me more than any other professional development opportunity I’ve attended.

    Posted by Tenille Shade | March 19, 2011, 8:57 pm
  6. I just wanted to say my words of wisdom, can this get put on somehow. Thanks!

    Posted by Jeremy Hyler | March 19, 2011, 9:30 pm
  7. Just posted a Storify “The National Writing Project Needs More Than Praise, It Needs Funding” –

    Posted by Peter Pappas | March 19, 2011, 10:23 pm
  8. Hi Chad,
    Here is my post:

    Thank you for what you are doing. Great idea.

    Lynn Jacobs.

    Posted by lynnjake | March 19, 2011, 11:00 pm
  9. Hi Chad! Here is my post! Thank you!

    Posted by jeremyhyler40 | March 20, 2011, 3:12 pm
  10. NWP is my hope that Diane Ravitch’s fear for the destruction of public education doesn’t come to pass. New Blog: On the Redemption of Rhetoric:

    Posted by Joseph McCaleb | March 20, 2011, 4:14 pm
  11. I am a 3rd grade teacher with 22 years of experience in the classroom, doctoral student and member of the UNC-Charlotte Writing Project. I have been a part of the Writing Project since 2004. At that time, I was seriously considering leaving teaching. I was burned out and did not feel like I was a part of any conversation as it relates to the teaching of reading and writing. Then I was invited to be a part of UNC-Charlotte’s Summer Invitational. It was a watershed moment for me. I had finally found a space where I could have an ongoing conversation, with teachers as passionate as me, about teaching reading and writing, more importantly, I’d found a space where I felt like I could contribute to something bigger than me and what happens in my classroom. Since that summer, I have participated in just about every aspect of our site’s work. It was because of my relationship with the UNC-Charlotte Writing Project that I felt confident enough to enter the doctoral program to further inquire into issues of urban literacy. I have presented at conferences, written articles in peer reviewed journals and helped co-author a book with several of my Writing Project colleagues. My local knowledge as a teacher has grown tremendously as a result of my participation in the National Writing Project. The students I’ve taught have benefited from my experiences. Now, thanks to neoliberal politics, the NWP is in danger. Funding for this organization is going to be cut unless something is done. If that funding is cut, think of the impact that decision will have on teachers across the United States! Think of the impact that decision will have on the students who work alongside teachers who value what the NWP has done for them as professionals and their students. It is my hope that my post helps in some way and I appreciate the space to “tell my story.”

    Posted by Tony Iannone | March 20, 2011, 5:38 pm
  12. This is a comment that Ruth H. Harris sent me via email:

    I was devastated when I learned about the programs that had been cut. Most of these had proven successful track records. They were programs that worked. Programs that made a difference. I interpret this mass cutting of valuable and effective programs as mass destruction.

    These cuts are not in line with the rhetoric ” that education matters”. When I look at what is being spent to test students, I am appalled at what is considered expendable.

    I urge you to restore the funding for the National Writing Project and the other successful programs.

    Thank you, Ruth, for supporting the National Writing Project!

    Posted by Chad Sansing | March 20, 2011, 5:39 pm
  13. Thank you all for reading, commenting, contributing, and acting to contact your government officials.

    All the best,

    Posted by Chad Sansing | March 20, 2011, 6:14 pm
  14. Thanks for doing this. Here’s my post.

    By the way, is there a downside to linking this to Facebook? I haven’t blogged in a while and don’t know all the ins and outs.

    Judy Jester
    PA Writing and Literature Project

    Posted by jmjd | March 20, 2011, 8:21 pm
  15. For years, the National Writing Project has been there for me. Now it needs my help.

    My name is Dolores S. Perez. I am a teacher-consultant from The Sabal Palms Writing Project in Brownsville, Texas. I attended the SPWP’s Summer Institute in 2002. I was a visiting scholar for the Hudson Valley Writing Project’s Summer Institute in New York during the summer of 2006. I am proud to call both sites home.

    What has the National Writing Project done for me? Before going through the WP experience I referred to myself as “just a teacher.” I now call myself a Writing Project teacher. I always tell others that the National Writing Project is a place where educators speak the same language of literacy development and learning-not only for the benefit of our students, but for ourselves as teacher-learners as well.

    Yes, teachers are learners too.

    In order for me to ask my students to become strong readers and writers, I had to believe that of myself. I found my voice as a teacher and a leader through the NWP. Never before in my years of teacher-training and professional development had I ever experienced such a deep understanding of how teachers lend their expertise in the field of literacy development to help other teachers until I joined the NWP.

    In order for our students to be catalysts and contributors for change, or compete in an ever expanding global society, we need to help our students find their own voices. We need to help them understand the power of the written, read, and spoken word. How do we do this? Through reading and writing across the curriculum.

    The seeding out of knowledge and best practices learned through the NWP is what makes a difference in the classroom. We need the National Writing Project.

    Posted by Dolores S. Perez | March 20, 2011, 9:13 pm
  16. I couldn’t help but add my thoughts:

    Barbara Hasselbach
    Assistant Director, Grants & Contracts
    National Writing Project

    Posted by what would babs do? | March 22, 2011, 11:57 pm
  17. I attended a National Writing Project institute in Michigan, and I am forever changed as a teacher and a writer because of my amazing experiences. NWP was such an incredible opportunity to meet and learn from my fellow colleagues. Without these opportunities for educators to network and to continue to learn, write, and grow.

    Posted by Julie | March 25, 2011, 7:24 pm
  18. The Greater Kansas City Writing Project revitalized me as an educator, a student and a person. During the Summer Institute with Debbie Blackman, Ted Fabiano, and Jean Halley, I felt such excitement writing, reading and discussing thoughts and had not experienced this wild energy since my Master’s at K-State. I realized how empty I had been, how I hungered for this intellectual bond with great educators that were not only wicked bright, but compassionate, kind, and fighting the good fight. I was HOME. I want to thank Katie Kline, Jane Greer, Thomas Ferrel, and the GKCWP staff/members for being phenomenal and bringing such amazing people into my inner circle. I know I am not alone and the GKCWP events, meetings, and professional development continue to re-energize me every time I attend. I crave the interaction with these educators and cannot adequately express the role they have in my life. I can only say, “Thank you!” Please continue to fund this amazing organization. As an inner city high school teacher, I need this rock of support.

    Posted by Djana E Trofimoff | March 25, 2011, 9:03 pm
  19. NWP Works! It is the longest-running professional development program in the United States.

    I met the Bay Area Writing Project, NWP’s first site, before I even went into teaching in the 1980s. “Make sure to find BAWP,” people would say as I made my way from Michigan to San Francisco with the intention of entering the teaching field. Well it was impossible not to find BAWP.

    During my credential program, two BAWP teachers, Susan Katz and the immortal Bob Tierney made visits to the university classroom and presented us with hands-on, experiential workshops on second language learners (Katz) and writing to learn (Tierney). I remember Tierney’s white lab coat and the countless number of signatures from loving students. Although there were no smudges on the coat from the donuts he brought them to celebrate their birthdays, he left me with a goal to emulate his kindness, passion, and knowledge.

    During my year of student teaching, the department head turned out to be – a BAWPer. She was a kind, clear, and rigorous English teacher named Mary Lee Glass (Templeton). While at BAWP she had learned a lot about sitting quietly in the back of a room and scripting classroom lessons. She generously scripted some of my first attempts at teaching and we looked at the scripts and tried to make sense of talk in my classroom – something that I have been studying pretty much forever.

    Later that year, I was enthralled when the school hired BAWP to lead a 15-hour inservice series. One of the presenters who became a close friend and mentor, Lee Swenson, had us read primary source documents and draw metaphoric posters as a way to make sense of the social studies content. 25 years later, I can’t teach without drawing on my belief that making art, composing ideas, and writing during class are keys to learning. That was one of the theories that we informally derived that day in the school library.

    By 1987, I began working alongside Swenson at another Bay Area school and launched a career. I’m not that different than most Writing Project teachers. I have stuck with teaching for years. Most of us teach at least 17 years or more (unlike the national trend of new teachers leaving the field for lack of support and skilled mentors). I owe much of my longevity, pleasure, and success in teaching to the National Writing Project which has made it possible for me to work with, learn from, and keep access to smart teachers, smart ideas, and strategies for increasing student achievement.

    In 1990 a teaching friend attended a BAWP program and shared some of the key texts she had read and experiences she had had. Soon I, too, was reading Nancie Atwell and experimenting with having my 185 students writing, revising, conferring, editing, and discussing their goals in our “status of the class” conversations. Within a year, Swenson encouraged me to apply to participate in the Invitational Summer Institute. He sat me down one day and said, “You know I have always told you to hold out when people ask you to do things until you know it’s the right thing, the good thing to do. I’m about to tell you about a good thing.” He handed me an application and encouragement. I have never regretted the decision to apply, nor the tough collegial interview that I submitted to. Laury Fischer and Carol Tateishi asked me hard questions after I offered a critique of my school. It was not they disagreed with my assessment, but more they pushed me to consider how I might contribute to turn things around for the students in my school who were under-served.

    How grateful I was to find colleagues at BAWP from many walks of life doing this complex work of teaching – with excellence and dignity. I learned so much that summer about myself, my goals, ways to teach better and ways to invite students’ towards excellence. One colleague, a UC Berkeley composition teacher taught me how to integrate “dictations” into my 9th grade remedial class in order to improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary. An Oakland Social Studies teacher taught me how to incorporate current events through the “Newspaper Analysis Portfolio.” I remember well how my much my “remedial” students learned about AIDS when writing about Magic Johnson. Another teacher invited me into the world of negotiated rubrics. I remember with such fondness that experience of being wired and tired AND grateful for the chance to meet colleagues who acknowledged the difficulty and wonder of teaching and WRITING!

    It is 2011 and I now co-direct another writing project, the Hudson Valley Writing at the State University of New York. And the model still works. We are about to invite our 11th cohort of excellent K-16 teachers to read, write, and study. This summer we will work with math, social studies, TESOL, ELA, and science teachers to study the current educational landscape and how to best integrate literacy. We will write and make sense of how our own experience writing may become a resource to help us teach better when we return to our classrooms in the fall. We will put our heads together and determine what we can do to improve educational outcomes in the Hudson Valley.

    At HVWP we respect teachers’ knowledge and expertise and remain committed to creating a safe place to examine and celebrate teaching, literacy, learning, and school. We are grateful for ongoing links we have had to people across the NWP’s network for helping us learn to inform local teachers about digital literacy, content area literacy, early childhood literacy, and strategic ways of addressing the needs of teachers working with children impacted by poverty including English Language Learners.

    NWP works. In my own career it has been a launching pad into school reform, a cajoler of kind voices always pushing me towards my best teaching and inviting me to share ideas about literacy, literacy research, and school reform. Locally, we have made great strides in helping novice and pre-service teachers meet outstanding teachers. NWP transcends trends that undermine student learning and respect for teachers. We have been around for a long time and I will continue to advocate for this work. I have probably taught about 2,500 students in my life and many of them have gone on to be teachers. The legacy of the NWP is unique, powerful, and enduring.

    Join me in asking policy makers to re-authorize the NWP and to put NWP back in the 2012 budget. NWP works.

    Tom Meyer

    Posted by Tom Meyer | March 26, 2011, 12:55 pm
  20. In 1992 I became a fellow of the Oklahoma Writing Project. That experience changed my life as a teacher and a teacher of writing. For the first time in my educational career, I understood writing from the perspective of a writer. It changed the way I had my students approach writing, the way I worked with them to show them how to write, and the way they looked at writing. Suddenly it was alive and relevant.

    Now in the university setting, my teaching is still based on the tenets of The National Writing Project. As I work with future teachers, we discover together what writers do and then discuss and practice ways to take that into the secondary classroom. The teacher I am and the teachers my students will become have been positively impacted by the work of NWP.

    Dropping federal funding for NWP is a move back from where we teachers know we need to be moving. The instruction of writing project teachers takes students deeper into learning and thinking. These are the very skills that our nation and our global community need in order to be able to determine how to address problems that are multiplying as I type.

    It is a sad day in the life of our nation when cutting taxes for multi-million dollar corporation is more important than supporting the education of our future generations.

    Posted by Elaine | March 26, 2011, 1:20 pm
  21. I am so grateful for the NWP because it helped me improve my writing. I used to think that I could never be a good writer. When I began writing for NWP, I found that I just didn’t want to stop. It helped bring out a side of me that I had never known about before. I wrote all different types of works that helped me express my feelings and write about my life. I don”t know if I would enjoy writing at all if I had not enrolled in this program.

    Posted by Jennifer Murphy | March 26, 2011, 9:49 pm
  22. As a teacher consultant for the Seven Valleys Writing Project in central New York, I am stymied by the cut of NWP funding at a time when the bar has been raised for student acheivement by the same administration that is slashing that support. Our Writing Project is still a young one, just reaching out into the wide spread of rural districts it represents. Good teachers who may be uncomfortable with writing need to experience what NWP has to offer – learning about themselves as writers in order to help their students understand themselves as writers, learning about how to use writing to learn, writing to think, writing to problem solve. I wonder who will take the blame when students fall short in this critical area? Surely not the policy makers and budget cutters.

    Posted by Lynda Diamond | March 27, 2011, 4:19 pm
  23. Please post this excellent editorial by Mike Cassidy in support of the NWP

    Posted by Herb Budden | March 28, 2011, 9:58 am
  24. Here’s my blog post.

    Posted by Larry Neuburger | March 28, 2011, 1:41 pm
  25. NWP has provided amazing professional development for my teaching career. Being a life-long learner makes exceptional educators. NWP provides this opportunity. Low pay makes it difficult to pay for college hours, so the grant funded NWP enables me to improve my skills when I can’t afford to pay $300.00 plus a credit hour. Teachers teaching teacher is NWP’s focus; providing me with successful practical lessons to use in my classroom. Please continue to fund this program!!!

    Posted by Deb Peters | March 28, 2011, 4:18 pm
  26. “NWP changed my life!” Over the 40 years since I first became involved with NWP, as a Fellow in the Summer Institute at the University of Washington, then as an assistant director, co-director and finally K-12 Director of the program, I heard that statement every year from both new participants and those who’d been with us for years. NWP changed my own life too. My classroom teaching became more skillful as I learned from NWP’s powerful combination of sharing our teaching experiences and strategies, reading research on writing and the teaching of writing, reflecting on our own writing practices, learning from accomplished writers. For example, kindergarten and first grade teachers in our institute made me aware that, as a high school English teacher, I was also a reading teacher, and I began to use writing-to-learn techniques to deepen our classroom conversations about difficult texts like THE SCARLET LETTER. A middle school teacher convinced me that I could adapt the Reading/Writing Workshop to a high school setting, and my students made writing progress that amazed them and me. Teachers from our state’s NWP sites provided expert support in writing our Essential Academic Learning Requirements and in training teachers across the state to teach writing so that students could meet those standards. NWP made us a community of teacher-experts, and continued support of NWP by the nation will continue to help our children improve in their abilities to write and to become literate members of our nation’s community.

    Posted by Linda Clifton | March 29, 2011, 3:35 pm
  27. College and career ready language in the new CORE Language Arts Standards describes students who can think deeply, create new ideas, and communicate those thoughts and ideas with others. Writing becomes ever more important in a digital world and writing is a complex skill to learn and teach. At it’s most basic writing is thought made evident and organizing our thoughts into coherent meaningful concepts, ideas and solutions are needed to communicate and collaborate throughout life.

    The National Writing Project (NWP) immerses teachers in the highest quality professional development. Teachers learn not only how to teach their students but how to become the models of the forms of writing students need, not only to succeed in school, but to be a participating citizen and productive contributing adult. It is unfathomable, that at this time when the CORE Language Arts Standards have raised the bar for student achievement that all funding would be removed from NWP. Teachers cannot learn all they need to know in four years of college. All professions require ongoing learning. NWP resources impact curriculum, literacy and student achievement all over the United States. As a teacher whose district has benefited from participation in NWP I know it is an irreplaceable system impacting writing excellence for students.

    Posted by Mary Kirchhof | March 29, 2011, 4:44 pm
  28. Bill and Sharon
    and Dan and Ken
    and a turquoise summer at Bear Lake
    and with Jackie as teachers teaching teachers
    and the Public Voice expressed in Project I find
    and raise my one voice with many too
    with students who write
    and so I teach
    and do.

    Posted by Curt Benjamin | March 29, 2011, 11:54 pm
  29. When policy makers ask me what would be the best way to improve K-12 education I tell them to talk to members of the National Writing Project. The NWP models everything that is possible when a community of learners is involved in setting high standards through collaboration, choice, peer review and authentic learning. It remains the most influential professional and personal development I have ever had. The experiences and relationships I was able to develop through the NWP have been the “teaching cloud” I am constantly uploading to and downloading from in my teaching for learning.

    Posted by Joe Lubig | April 3, 2011, 5:39 pm
  30. Laura Beachy
    March 31, 2011
    GKCWP Youth Writing Conference

    Digesting the Field Trip

    Sixth Grade legs dangled from the campus desks. Shocks of Seventh Grade hair stood at oh-shoot-I’ m-
    late-for-school attention. Eighth Grade retainers lurked in mouths, hoping to remain undiscovered. All
    eyes focused hopefully and curiously on the two strange teachers welcoming the first group of thirty
    middle school students from around the city to the classroom on the university building’ s third floor.
    The GKCWP Youth Writing Conference had begun.

    With some initial fist-bumps shared around the room and a celebration of the fact that we were all “out
    of school” that day, Jennifer Quick and I attempted to win over our first batch of young writers. Our
    activity was a poetry “mash-up” involving one Walt Whitman poem and one Langston Hughes poem.
    Students read the poems aloud. We gave directions for the writing activity. We showed examples of
    finished products and works-in-progress. We told the students to begin, and we silently wondered what
    in the world these students would write as we settled in to do our own writing along with them.

    Before we knew it, students were asking to transfer their drafts onto the colored paper we brought.
    Marker caps clicked as every student – each one! – worked on his or her piece. Stickers were bestowed
    upon students who shared with the class at the end of the session, and the group migrated to a
    classroom down the hall for Session B. Session A yielded as much creativity and cooperation as we high
    school teachers could have expected, so we counted it a success.

    In came the second group, energized from their Session A writing activity and itching to know what
    they’ d be doing with us.

    “What is this colored paper for? Are we going to use it for writing? Will we get to use these markers?”

    Again, we distributed poems, gave directions and examples, and answered the “do we have to”
    questions by assuring students that no, they did not have to use a line from one of the poems as the
    first line in their own poems. No, they did not have to use only words they found in the poems (but they
    could do that if they wished). No, they did not have to wait for the entire group to finish the rough draft
    before selecting a piece of colored paper for a final copy. A few sighs of relief accompanied an almost
    palpable appreciation for the literary freedom allowed. Another cache of wonderfully creative and
    expressive pieces was shared as the scent of warm cheese and pepperoni suggested that lunch time was

    Jennifer and I set up a small buffet in the classroom and served this second group its pizza lunch.

    Contented chewing and amicable (and surprisingly polite) chatter occurred as students fueled up for
    the afternoon writing session. Jennifer and I quietly discussed how well the day was going until we
    were interrupted by an explosive belch from our smallest – yet certainly most vocal – young writer in
    the group. Incredibly (I admit to having to bite my bottom lip to keep from giggling), the other students
    did not laugh or point or make rude remarks; they simply continued to consume slices of pizza and
    talk about the day’ s activities. Well, we HAD established an atmosphere of respect for each other as
    writers, and perhaps that carried over to respect for fellow digesters. Middle school students respecting
    each other despite shocking and different behaviors: a small miracle, perhaps?

    Our little writing and pizza enthusiast remarked that her pizza had been “surprisingly satisfying” as she
    packed up her conference folder and writing utensils in preparation for the session shift. There was,
    after all, another group of middle school students waiting to enter our room for Session C. Oblivious to
    the fact that her two poetry mash-up teachers were eavesdropping on the students’ comments as the
    group left the room, the boisterous belcher burst out with something a bit more savory as she exited.
    An earnest proclamation for all to hear echoed down the hall and through my head the rest of the day:
    “This is the best field trip EVER!” I’ m still processing that remark, and it is settling well.

    Posted by Steve J. Moore | April 4, 2011, 11:24 am
  31. Why The National Writing Project Matters.

    Suppose a penman inquired about a blacksmith. Hailing from letters and words the penman
    would be hard pressed to understand subtleties involved in smelting. Likewise the blacksmith
    lacks the allusions to devise an analysis of literature. Somewhere between lies a crux, a middle
    ground. This vacancy lends and borrows, burrows and fills with purpose. No vacancy. Writing
    checks in.

    Perhaps it is a vehicle of wrath in my case.
    Often writing is a medium to vent my spleen. Whether it is existential dread or test anxiety,
    given enough heat I can pound my thoughts in to shape. Specifically creative writing provides
    a sort of freedom a music class only hints at. Yes. Solos do exist. Musicians in Jazz band write
    the solos themselves. But in a “music class” situation a key must be followed. A time must be
    kept. Interacting with other musicians requires common points of reference; this tune feels this
    way and that one that way. Creative writing allows for individual exploration. Students embark.
    Conventions fight for attention. Eccentricities come to the fore. They reflect and embellish.
    Recent events can be reconstructed through different lenses. Destruction can equal creation
    similar to molten metal creating solid steel. Granted the privacy of the written word individuals
    traverse the more than “the known universe”.

    Self-discovery is a powerful thing.
    Steinbeck compiled and expanded upon his experiences to draft his vision of the struggles of
    man in a capitalist society. His writing allowed him to reach into dark places of his psyche
    and confront the catalysts of their being. Man despite his efforts ultimately returns to the
    socioeconomic class of his forbearers. Such epiphanies have led to great works of literature.
    Exploration is the driving force behind the entrepreneurs of the world. They scavenge and wrack
    for the unknown, so then should students be allowed the same opportunity.

    Within their own minds volumes of imagination reside.
    Surely other expressions can be more evocative of emotions over a broader range of people.
    Patrons habitually credit painters for conveying complex themes effectively through a visual
    medium. Sports more successfully portray the wonders of the human body to the masses. An
    essay is considerably more constricted than a painting in symbolic speech. Yet writing can
    encompass almost all senses (scratch’n’sniff excluded) with the right adjectives and depict
    motion with the right “verbage”. Languages contort and twist in ways even the most limber of
    gymnasts would not dare. Creative writing allows the mind to wander for the sake of wandering.
    Sounds dangerous.

    Sean Robertson

    Posted by Steve J. Moore | April 4, 2011, 11:25 am
  32. The work of NWP is vital for all of us. We need to continue to band together as the thriving network that we are. I appreciate all of my writing projects experiences and know that I am a better writer and person because of all of the opportunities that I have had.

    Posted by Carol Wickstrom | April 4, 2011, 6:18 pm
    • Thank you, Carol – it’s important for us to help policy-makers understand that not only do we teachers always want to improve our practice, but also that the NWP has been helping us do so for decades.

      Best regards,

      Posted by Chad Sansing | April 4, 2011, 8:55 pm
  33. We need the national writing project because it improves the quality of life for all who experience it. Not having the National Writing Project is equivalent to the non-existence of teachers. I cannot tell you the number of educators I have encountered that sing the praises of the NWP, expressing their heartfelt thanks for the work that is done because of this great organization. The National Writing Project influences teachers and teachers influence students. It is my sincerest hope that the powers that be will see the importance of the National Writing Project; its impact on teachers and its major role in the shaping of our future!

    Posted by Rodney Bailey | April 4, 2011, 6:21 pm
  34. In what business model are written communication skills not vital? After so many years of “reform” from outside our profession, is our nation really shutting the door on its own people and the goal of literacy? The removal of all paths to teacher quality will move our country over the precipice…effectively moving us far, far down the list of countries able to compete intellectually and commerically.

    Posted by Nanci | April 5, 2011, 8:21 am
    • It is baffling, Nanci, to try and figure out the long-term economic logic in cutting a program like the National Writing Project that provides more students with access to critical communication skills. Our econo-political gate-keepers need to clear their path to funding the NWP.


      Posted by Chad Sansing | April 5, 2011, 8:49 am
  35. NWP has given teachers the opportunity to become true professionals. We can’t stop now!

    Posted by Pauline Sahakian | April 5, 2011, 7:51 pm
  36. Why write? My students asked me this question when I first started teaching four years ago. As a new English teacher, of course my passion was writing. I came prepared with new ideas I had learned in college, but it wasn’t until I spent my first summer with National Writing Project colleagues, that I really understood how important writing is to studnets. Not only is it important in my English and reading classroom, but now I feel confident to share ideas and lesson plans with teachers across the curriculum. I assist teachers each day to include profound and meaninful writing in their classrooms, even if they don’t teach English. Together, with the help of NWP supporters, we can change the way students view all sorts of writing.

    Posted by Courtney Pritchard | April 8, 2011, 12:11 pm
    • Courtney, you are absolutely right: the NWP helps us and our students work together to make writing matter.

      Thank you!

      Posted by Chad Sansing | April 8, 2011, 12:43 pm
      • Help Us Help Others

        A question…….unanswered
        An idea….unexplored
        A concept….undeveloped

        The National Writing Project gives teachers the tools they need to help students live up to their potential. Please support our cause. Helps us to help our youth.

        Posted by Rodney Bailey | April 8, 2011, 5:52 pm
  37. I’ve just blogged about the NWP on my children’s lit blog:

    Can you add this to the list? Hope I’m not too late.


    Posted by Annie Thoms | April 8, 2011, 10:53 pm
  38. We just wanted to share our newsletter that highlights the great work of our teachers:

    Click to access eiwpSpring_Newsletter.pdf

    Posted by Robin | April 9, 2011, 10:04 am
  39. chad, this is truly amazing. congratulations.

    Posted by Kirsten | April 11, 2011, 3:14 pm
  40. Chad,

    Here is another blog4nwp.

    Thanks for all you do!!

    Jeremy Hyler

    Posted by jeremyhyler40 | April 20, 2011, 11:22 am


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