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#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

The United States of #blog4nwp

Here is a map showing the dozens of sites and cities from which you have contributed #blog4nwp posts. Don’t miss Alaska! Support for the National Writing Project is bipartisan; it comes from rural, suburban, and urban sites; it comes from students, parents, and educators; it comes from veteran and pre-service teachers; it comes from the … 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

#blog4nwp – A win-win learning experience

This #blog4nwp guest post comes from Patsy Pipkin. I am a retired teacher and a University of Mississippi Writing Project TC. And I will forever sing its praises. Writing project teachers help their students and people in their community when they come to them for help with content, coherence, and unity in writing. Although I … Continue reading

#blog4nwp – This is one program that you should support!

Ray Palasz shares his #blog4nwp post with the Coöp. We certainly face tough economic times despite the fact that unemployment is starting to slowly fall and fewer people are collecting benefits. Our national government faces billions of dollars of debt that needs to be reconciled. Once such way to do this is to eliminate earmarks. … Continue reading

The NWP is a great hope for human growth

The Coöp thanks Tim Buchanan for this #blog4nwp guest post. I just spent a week in Mexico. I read curriculum whenever reading time popped up. Thanks to the National Writing Project (NWP) and a study group of Teacher Consultants (TC) I was into a fascinating book, Hidden Gems, which steers us towards a new focus … Continue reading

NWP keeps my love of teaching alive and well

Julie Jee contributes this #blog4nwp guest post. It is highly alarming to see that funding for the National Writing Project (NWP) has been cut at a time when teacher excellence is being sought throughout the country. The NWP has given me the opportunity to find my professional voice among incredible educators who are passionate about … Continue reading

#blog4nwp – Invigorating and life-changing

Ann Hovey shares her letter to Congress with the Coöp as a#blog4nwp post. I am writing to urge Congress to restore funding to the National Writing Project, a program that has been funded since 1991. Please reconsider and do what is right for the children in this country. I have been teaching for ten years. … Continue reading

Don’t let the National Writing Project be a casualty

Rebecca Burdett shares her letter to President Obama and Congress with us as her #blog4nwp post. Dear President Obama, and Members of the U.S. House and Senate, I am writing to you today from my first grade classroom in the New Paltz Central School District, in New Paltz, NY. I am taking time today to … Continue reading

#blog4nwp – An invaluable partner

Christine McCartney contributes this letter to Congress and #blog4nwp post. I am writing as a teacher-consultant at the Hudson Valley Writing Project at the State University at New Paltz, where for three years I have participated in and facilitated professional development activities for teachers that have improved student performance and writing skills as well as … Continue reading

#blog4nwp – The camaraderie of writers

Lisa Koen shares her #blog4nwp post with the Coöp. National Writing Project was and is one of the best professional experiences that I have ever had. I am a kindergarten teacher and I was able to take subjects such as poetry and Shakespeare back to my classroom for my students to appreciate. The camaraderie of … Continue reading

NWP opens doors

Kathleen Gorney submits this #blog4nwp post. This response regards the outstanding development of my students in the writing process. Since being involved in the Puget Sound Writing Project, I have been able to assist students delve deeper into their writing abilities. They have grown in their confidence as writers and have more ownership of the … Continue reading

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