Pamela Ugor contributes this #blog4nwp post.
I am writing in regards to the recent decision that was made to cut funding for the National Writing Project for this upcoming year. I am a graduate student at the State University at Suny New Paltz, New York, and I am currently studying to become a secondary level English teacher. I am working on my Master’s degree and I observe in the local high school.
I have attended the Hudson Valley Writing Project’s workshops and found them beneficial not only to myself, but also to the community of teachers I found there. The Hudson Valley Writing Project presented me with strategies of teaching that were advantageous to helping keep kids interested in reading and inspired in their own search for learning. The workshops also illustrated for me a strong, supportive environment among colleagues where ideas blossom and teaching is explored reflectively and effectively. I look forward to the workshops as building blocks that can assist me to frame my skills, methods, and essential questions as a future teacher.
I am writing because I would like Congress to restore funding to the National Writing Project (a program that has been funded since 1991). We as a nation need to forge education together by supporting the practices which work for us. By restoring funding to the National Writing Project we are not only aiding teachers, but we are also encouraging students, schools, and education to continue to work together.