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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.

The College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program is recruiting High School Teachers and College Faculty to serve as AP Readers for AP English Language at the June 2014 Reading.

Smarty Gras: PCC Spring Writing Professional Development Day by Anthony T. Sovak, "Build Soil"

The Summer Institute is accepting application via email and postal mail - to learn more, visit tthe programs webpage:

Good news! Norah Booth (Summer Institute, 2008) wrote an interview of Alberto Rios that has been published in Poets & Authors! Q&A: Ríos Named Arizona Poet Laureate

Grammar, Grammars, and the Teaching of Grammar

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.

Grammar—Comma—a New Beginning

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.

NWP Radio—(Re)marking on equity and education with Marginal Syllabus

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.

Critical Literacy and Our Students' Lives&mdash;An <em>Educator Innovator</em> CLTV episode

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.

NWP Radio&mdash;Writing Our Future with <em>American Creed</em>

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.

NWP Radio&mdash;Literacy and Mobility

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.

The I Am From Project

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.

NWP Radio&mdash;I Am From Project

Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Type: Event
Join us for a conversation with George Ella Lyon and Julie Landsman, hosts of the I Am From Project, about countering divisions of race, culture, and equity through poetry, artwork, videos, music and dance around where we are from as a nation.

The National Afterschool Matters Fellowship

Friday, June 30, 2017
Type: Resource
The NASM Fellowship engages professionals in the out-of-school time field in a process of leadership development where they learn to reflect on, study, improve, and assess their work with a view toward improving its quality and impact. Listen in on this conversation with fellows about their self-selected research topics.

No Monument: A Poem From a Teacher

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Type: Resource
Educator, poet, and NWP Writers Council member, Shirley McPhillips, reflects on a legendary English teacher who taught her that the written word has the power to make sense of the world, and to foster human connection and joy.

Why I Write: Marissa Moss on Bringing the Story Back into History

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Type: Resource
Marissa Moss—a member of NWP's Writers Council—writes biographies and historical fiction to bring the sense of discovery back to history, making important stories accessible and engaging.

Choice and Agency in the Writing Workshop: A Conversation with Fred Hamel

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Type: Resource
Fred Hamel, author of Choice and Agency in the Writing Workshop: Developing Engaged Writers, Grades 4-6, joins NWP Radio to talk about why upper elementary children need ways to become literate as kids, not merely as prototypes of adults or teenagers.

NWP Teacher-Leaders Innovate and Collaborate During Summer Sessions

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Type: Press Release
This summer, more than 3,000 teachers committed to improving the writing of the country's K-12 students will work face-to-face and in online communities to share and learn new ways to teach writing, engage colleagues, and enhance their leadership through the National Writing Project (NWP).

Rethinking Research: Reading and Writing about the Roots of Gentrification

Thursday, June 08, 2017
Type: Resource
Linda Christensen explains a unit on gentrification, wherein students at a predominantly African-American high school in Portland, OR explored the roots and drivers of the gentrification rapidly transforming their neighborhood through primary source research, role-play, neighborhood exploration, and historical fiction writing.

Small Moves and Radical Acts: Cultivating Understandings of Connected Learning with Future Teachers

Thursday, June 01, 2017
Type: Resource
We talk with teacher-educators working to leverage the language, the opportunity, and the design principles of Connected Learning to support learning and teaching in a rapidly changing literacy landscape. We discuss the small moves and the radical acts that colleagues all over the country have been working on, with a specific focus on work with future teachers and teacher educators.

4T Virtual Conference on Digital Writing

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.


Elyse Eidman-Aadahl and Jacob Lewis (National Writing Project and Figment, 2013) 

Amazon's Price: $1.99

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.