Announcing a summer fellowship for secondary teachers interested in exploring 21st century literacies through performance and the teaching of literature (open to teachers of all disciplines). Accepted teachers receive $1,000 stipend for full participation.
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 Type: Resource The NWP principle of "going public with our practice" has taken on new meaning as avenues for connecting and going public have continued to open. This article takes a deep look at what happens when five teachers take their practice public and put themselves professionally "out there." You'll hear stories of how online participation has helped teachers overcome isolation by making connections and developing professional learning networks, grow and evolve their own teaching practice, and develop their writer identity.
Monday, January 22, 2018 Type: Event Join Joseph Kahne for a conversation with fellow educators about his recent article, "Educating for Democracy in a Partisan Age: Confronting the Challenges of Motivated Reasoning and Misinformation," co-authored by Benjamin Bowyer. Guests will discuss the study that informs the article, which investigated youth judgments of truth claims tied to controversial political issues, and media literacy strategies educators can use to improve judgments of accuracy.
Friday, September 15, 2017 Type: Resource Get ready for this year's 4T Virtual Conference on Digital Writing, an online "teachers teaching teachers about technology" event that focuses on the research, pedagogy, and tools of writing in digital spaces in the K-12 classroom, hosted by the University of Michigan Schools of Education and Information and Oakland Schools, and engaging many Writing Project sites and teachers.
Friday, September 01, 2017 Type: Resource The Marginal Syllabus was created during the 2016-17 school year to convene and sustain conversations with educators about issues of equity in teaching, learning, and education. The Marginal Syllabus embraces an intentional double entendre; partnering with authors whose writing may be considered marginal—or contrary to—dominant education norms, and online conversations with authors occur in the margins of their texts using web annotation.
Thursday, August 24, 2017 Type: Resource Assessing Writing, Teaching Writers, by Mary Ann Smith and Sherry Swain, introduces the Analytic Writing Continuum (AWC), a writing rubric/assessment tool developed over time by researchers and educators, which has long been the centerpiece of National Writing Project scoring conferences. In this introductory chapter, they highlight the decisions that went into its creation, and emphasize its potential to create a common language for teachers and students to use for discussing and improving writing.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Type: Resource Hear from NWP's Executive Director Elyse Eidman-Aadahl about the state of the NWP network, and learn about The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), a Manhattan-based organization which offers 12-day summer seminars for faculty from middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities interested in furthering their knowledge about the Holocaust and other genocides.
Monday, August 21, 2017 Type: Resource The technological changes of the last several decades have not only changed how science is done, but how it is communicated as well. Arguing that the teaching of scientific communication has a key place in the science classroom, Mya Poe and Julianna Radkowski Opperman trace these technologically-driven changes, and explore implications for developing modern, relevant science writing instruction.
Monday, August 21, 2017 Type: Resource In this chapter from Choice and Agency in the Writing Workshop: Developing Engaged Writers, Grades 4-6, Fred Hamel explores moments of "literacy desiring," a broad and holistic term for the range of ways that students are energized by and engaged with texts.
Friday, August 18, 2017 Type: Resource How can looking at the movement of people, language, and things enrich our understandings of students and schools? Listen to this intriguing conversation with host Tom Fox and guest Brice Nordquist, Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University and author of Literacy and Mobility: Complexity, Uncertainty, and Agency at the Nexus of High School and College.
Thursday, August 17, 2017 Type: Press Release While students were enjoying their break, over 3,000 teachers were using the summer months to improve their craft. Through the National Writing Project, (NWP), teachers across the country worked face-to-face and in online communities to share and learn new ways to teach writing, engage colleagues, and enhance their leadership.
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 Type: Resource This article offers a historic recap of understandings of the concept of grammar: what it is and when, why, and how it matters. The author, alluding to the relationship between grammar and power, suggests that we should consider how to support students in communicating strategically.
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 Type: Resource Teaching grammar through inquiry and seduction? In this piece, Mary Ehrenworth shares strategies for moving away from direct instruction (which seldom works) to making it possible for students to "have an apprenticeship relation with great authors, even at the sentence structure level." By honoring diverse dialects and helping students make intentional choices through inquiry (How DO authors choose verb tense?), teaching grammar becomes an integral part of the composing process.
Monday, August 14, 2017 Type: Event The Marginal Syllabus was created during the 2016-17 school year to convene and sustain conversations with educators about issues of equity in teaching, learning, and education. The Marginal Syllabus embraces an intentional double entendre; we partner with authors whose writing may be considered marginal—or contrary to—dominant education norms, and our online conversations with authors occur in the margins of their texts using web annotation.
A collaborative and emergent attempt to create a new sociotechnical genre of educator professional development, the Marginal Syllabus leverages the web annotation platform Hypothesis, adding multiple voices to critical conversations about equity and education.
Join us to hear from Marginal Syllabus organizers, including educators from Colorado working in the Aurora Public School District, about what we learned during this first year of annotation and learning in the margins. We will also discuss plans for a collaborative syllabus with the NWP for the 2017-18 school year.
Friday, December 01, 2017 Type: Event Join Linda Christensen for a conversation with fellow educators Andrea Zellner and Kevin Hodgson about her recent article, "Critical Literacy in Our Students' Lives," in which they discuss bringing students' own experiences, talents, and social contexts to the fore in the classroom. They are joined by the co-founders of Marginal Syllabus, Remi Kalir and Joe Dillon, for a discussion of the text, which is the featured article this month for Writing Our Civic Futures, which explores a range of scholarship on civic engagement and supports their web annotation at Educator Innovator.
Friday, December 01, 2017 Type: Event Through its many stories—set in a range of big cities, small towns, and rural areas around the country—the documentary American Creed wrestles with key issues in America today, including opportunity for all, the meaning of citizenship, and the challenge of meaningful civic participation and dialogue. American Creed will air on PBS in February at which time your students can join the conversation and add their stories via a national youth publishing site designed and supported by the National Writing Project. Join NWP Radio to hear about this film, learn more about the youth publishing opportunity, and listen to the ways other educators have already been weaving this film and related discussions and writing opportunities into their lesson plans.
Wednesday, August 09, 2017 Type: Event How can looking at the movement of people, language, and things enrich our understandings of students and schools? Join us for an intriguing conversation with host Tom Fox and guest Brice Nordquist, Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University and author of Literacy and Mobility: Complexity, Uncertainty, and Agency at the Nexus of High School and College.
Friday, July 28, 2017 Type: Resource This conversation with George Ella Lyon and Julie Landsman, hosts of the I Am From Project, is about countering divisions of race, culture, and background through poetry, artwork, videos, music, and dance.
Elyse Eidman-Aadahl and Jacob Lewis (National Writing Project and Figment, 2013)
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To celebrate the National Day on Writing (October 20, 2011), Figment, National Writing Project, The New York Times Learning Network, and Edutopia teamed up to present a festival of words and ideas that asked, Why Do You Write? It's a straightforward question with a million complicated answers. Here are 60 from young writers all around the country explaining why writing is so important to them.
Excerpt from the book:
"I write because I want to confront myself. I want to dredge up buried pieces of me and put them together in words. I want to show myself who I was, who I wish to be and who I am."
- Louise Edwards
About the Authors
Elyse Eidman-Aadahl is the Director of National Programs and Site Development at the National Writing Project.
Jacob Lewis is the co-founder and CEO of Figment.