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#blog4nwp – Invaluable lessons

Judy Gray shares her National Writing Project experience with the Coöp as part of #blog4nwp. My name is Judy Gray. I took courses through PSWP beginning in the summer of 2008 at the University of Washington. I was teaching a first grade class at a private school in Federal Way, Washington. My instructors, Janine Brodine … Continue reading

A Student Writes about her NWP-Trained Teacher

Leyanna Savann contributes this #blog4nwp post about her NWP-trained teacher, Mary Cushman. Writing hasn’t always been a strong suit of mine. The thought of having to research, write, cite and turn in a paper with it actually making sense absolutely terrified me. It just wasn’t something I was good at, and I refused to write. … Continue reading

Restore Funding to the NWP

Kathleen Yeager shares this #blog4nwp letter with the Coöp. Dear President Obama, and Members of the U.S. House and Senate, I am writing you today, as a taxpayer and a teacher, to urge you to restore funding to the National Writing Project. What you might not know about the Writing Project is: Writing Projects across … Continue reading

#blog4nwp – The Capacity to Transform Education

This #blog4nwp guest post comes from Kristy Singletary. As a former Blackwater Writing Project (Valdosta, Georgia’s chapter of the National Writing Project) fellow and a first-year composition instructor at Valdosta State University, I am active in the education of teachers and students alike. BWP provided me with a tremendously valuable support system of like-minded educators … Continue reading

Save the National Writing Project

This #blog4nwp guest post comes from Jeff Grinvalds. I am a current member of the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Writing Project. I have been thinking about this issue for quite some time now, but the Libyan action spurned me to take action. On one hand I thought, yes, some cuts must be made … Continue reading

#blog4nwp – Teachers, take hold of your profession.

Constance Krueger contributes this #blog4nwp post. In 1981 I attended the first Dakota Writing Project Institute in Aberdeen, South Dakota. That month-long immersion in the tenets of the writing project (teachers of writing need to be writers themselves; everything in the classroom must be intentional and research-based; the best teachers of teachers are their fellow … Continue reading

#blog4nwp – Committed to lifelong learning and social justice

Margaret Fiore shares her #blog4nwp post with the Coöp. I use everything I’ve learned from participating in the New York City Writing Project and the listserv and collaborating with NYCWP colleagues in my own teaching of college writing courses at The New School, facilitating Parsons MFA Design/Technology and Parsons faculty writing workshops, PD/collaborating with writing-across-curricula … Continue reading

#blog4nwp – Hoosier Writing Project Testimonials

These are teacher-consultants from the Hoosier Writing Project, located at IUPUI, with programs in Indianapolis, South Bend, and surrounding counties. One of my students wrote in his semester-end portfolio last year, “Some days I hated this class because we had to think too much.” As a teacher, those were some of the sweetest words I’ve … Continue reading

#blog4nwp – The importance of writing and learning

This #blog4nwp post comes to us from Nancy Reece. I firmly believe in the importance of writing and learning. I am a retired teacher that went through the Louisville Writing Project and had the opportunity to be a director one summer. I also had the honor of being a resource writing teacher through grants in … Continue reading

#blog4nwp – Dear President Obama

Little Rock Writing Project member Sally Crisp shares this letter to President Obama with #blog4nwp. Dear President Obama, You are a writer, and I am writing – with hope and confidence – to ask for your support for writers. Today’s students need to learn to write for school, for college, for work, for life. They … Continue reading

#blog4nwp – Setting the Stage

Monique Poldberg contributes this #blog4nwp post. This is what has happened in my classroom relative to Writing Workshop after my Inquiry Group work last summer at my NWP institute! I have 22 second graders, mostly 7-year-olds. At the beginning of the year, I gave them each a three ring notebook and set up a shelf … Continue reading

Why the National Writing Project matters

Sean Robertson contributes this #blog4nwp post to the Coöp. 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 … Continue reading

#blog4nwp – Digesting the Field Trip

This #blog4nwp guest post is from Laura Beachy. 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 … Continue reading

#blog4nwp – Recognize our writing needs

Dotty Feldman shares her letter to Congress as a #blog4nwp post on the Coöp. Dear Congressman Hinchey, It is said that history repeats itself. In this case I hope that is not true! Prior to 1874, Harvard University reported that more than half of its candidates failed the written entrance exam! When I read that … Continue reading

#blog4nwp – Writing preserves humanity

Ted Fabiano shares this letter to Congress with the Coöp on behalf of #blog4nwp. I do not remember the grade Julie Howerter earned on her Brave New World test. I do not remember how she fared on the ACT or SAT, or her school attendance record. What I do remember about Julie Howerter, a student … Continue reading

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