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Why I Write: To Spark Creativity, Not Kill It

National Writing Project News - Fri, 01/13/2012 - 11:45
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Type: Resource
Erin Klein, a teacher-consultant with the Eastern Michigan Writing Project and a second grade teacher, writes to inspire her young second grade students, but also because she's passionate about topics, like her "Why I Write" mentor, George Orwell.

Macarena Hernandez Presents at South Texas Writing Project Fall Conference

National Writing Project News - Wed, 12/21/2011 - 12:45
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Type: In the News
Journalist and educator Macarena Hernandez spoke about her personal experiences as a Mexican American growing up and teaching in the Texas school system at the South Texas Writing Project Fall Conference.

Spotlight On Common Sense Media

National Writing Project News - Wed, 12/21/2011 - 11:45
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Type: spotlight
Common Sense Media helps kids navigate the Internet safely and interact with their peers in a responsible, respectable manner—and provides resources for parents and curriculum for teachers to serve those ends.

Using Twitter in Classrooms and for Professional Development

National Writing Project News - Mon, 12/19/2011 - 16:45
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Type: Resource
Every day, more and more people are using well-known social media sites. How can these popular resources be used for good in the classroom? National Writing Project teachers share how they've used Twitter in their classrooms as a means of teaching writing.

Flash Mob of Student Writers on National Writing Day

National Writing Project News - Mon, 12/19/2011 - 15:45
Monday, November 07, 2011
Type: In the News
On October 20, a "flash mob" of student writers at Bethany School in Mountain House, CA, poured out their thoughts to celebrate National Writing Day.

Increasing Student Achievement in Writing Through Teacher Inquiry: An Evaluation of Professional Development Impact

National Writing Project News - Wed, 12/07/2011 - 17:45
Friday, November 04, 2011
Type: Resource
This study examines the effects of a yearlong professional development inservice program conducted in the Ferguson-Florissant School District, near St. Louis, Missouri. Gateway Writing Project provided the inservice, which aimed to increase teachers' understanding of writing pedagogy and improve their application of writing pedagogy in the classroom.

Evaluating Project WRITE: Determining the Impact of a Professional Development Program Focusing on a Writing Workshop Approach and the Traits of Quality Writing

National Writing Project News - Tue, 11/29/2011 - 12:45
Friday, November 04, 2011
Type: Resource
This study documents the effects of a professional development program, Project WRITE (Write, Respond, Instruct, Talk, Evaluate): A Model for Changing Teaching Practice and Impacting Student Writing, conducted by Upstate Writing Project (UWP). The results highlight the important role of administrative support in transforming instructional practice and the importance of time in teacher development programs.

Local Sites Research Initiative V Missouri Writing Projects Network Study of Missouri Literacy Academies

National Writing Project News - Wed, 11/23/2011 - 11:45
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Type: Resource
This study analyzes the effects of the Literacy Academy, a statewide professional development program facilitated by the Missouri Writing Projects Network (MWPN). Results of this study suggest the effectiveness of the Literacy Academy model of the National Writing Project approach in improving student writing. Overall, program students improved more, and improved in more of the assessed categories, than comparison students.

The Development of Writing-Intensive School Environments over Time

National Writing Project News - Wed, 11/23/2011 - 10:45
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Type: Resource
This report, based on the work of the New York City Writing Project, suggests that a consistent focus on literacy development across content areas (curricular cohesiveness) cannot be achieved in the absence of a mature professional community. Furthermore, a mature professional community will continue to benefit from professional development aimed at sustaining and enhancing an environment with a high degree of writing intensity, which ultimately affects both teacher practice and student learning outcomes.

Improving Literacy Across the Curriculum: A Study of Instructional Development

National Writing Project News - Tue, 11/22/2011 - 15:45
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Type: Resource
This study investigates how the New York City Writing Project's professional development for teachers contributed to instructional practices across the curriculum and to student writing outcomes. Of special note, the study found that students who had high exposure to Writing Project teachers made significantly greater gains across writing prompt administrations than those students who had moderate or little exposure to NYCWP through their teachers.

Evaluating Project WRITE: Determining the Impact of a Professional Development Program Focusing on a Writing Workshop Approach and the Traits of Quality Writing

National Writing Project News - Tue, 11/22/2011 - 11:45
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Type: Resource
This report examines the effects of a yearlong, school-based professional development program on teacher practice and philosophy put on by South Carolina's Upstate Writing Project, and suggests that a workshop approach incorporating the traits of quality writing can be an effective way to prepare students for high-stakes testing and student writing performance.

People Across the Nation Tweet #whyiwrite on the National Day on Writing

National Writing Project News - Mon, 11/21/2011 - 17:45
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Type: Resource
To celebrate the National Day on Writing on October 20, the NWP joined The New York Times Learning Network, Figment, and Edutopia to collect essays from people of all walks of life about why writing is important to them. People also tweeted #whyiwrite, and 23,000 #whyiwrite tweets made it a trending topic on Twitter nationally.

The 2012 Memorial Library Summer Seminar on Holocaust Education in New York City

National Writing Project News - Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:45
Monday, October 31, 2011
Type: Event
The Holocaust Educators Network, in partnership with the National Writing Project, announces 24 fellowships for middle school, high school, and college teacher-consultants across the NWP to attend the Memorial Library Summer Seminar on Holocaust Education in New York City.

NWP Radio: 2011 NWP Annual Meeting: Looking Forward and Honoring a Legacy

National Writing Project News - Tue, 11/15/2011 - 16:45
Monday, October 31, 2011
Type: Event
At this year's NWP Annual Meeting, site leaders will have a chance to plan strategically and share ideas with colleagues. Join us for this broadcast of NWP Radio as we preview the conversations that will be happening in Chicago.

Evaluating IIMPaC: Teacher and Student Outcomes Through a Professional Development Program in the Teaching of Writing

National Writing Project News - Tue, 11/15/2011 - 16:45
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Type: Resource
This study examined the effects of IIMPaC, a professional development program put on by California's South Coast Writing Project, which focuses on the teaching of writing. The study features eight language arts teachers of grades 4-8 and their students, and how the program impacted students' writing performance.

Exploring Digital Writing at the Philadelphia Writing Project

National Writing Project News - Tue, 11/15/2011 - 16:45
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Type: In the News
Christina Cantrill, a staff member of the National Writing Project and a member of the Philadelphia Writing Project, writes about digital writing and how it is integrated into the curriculum of Philadelphia teachers.

National Day on Writing Sparks Creativity at New Jersey High School

National Writing Project News - Tue, 11/15/2011 - 16:45
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Type: In the News
Kean University Writing Project's Kim Kiefer organized a Day on Writing Celebration to celebrate the National Day on Writing. New Jersey's Rahway High School classes engaged in creative writing assignments in a number of different content areas.

Celebrating Writing With Why I Write

National Writing Project News - Tue, 11/15/2011 - 16:45
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Type: In the News
The U.S. Senate has proclaimed October 20 the third annual National Day on Writing, an event originally created by the National Council of Teachers of English to promote the importance of writing to all of us in our everyday lives.

Students in Georgia Write for National Writing Day

National Writing Project News - Tue, 11/15/2011 - 15:45
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Type: In the News
Students got to express themselves through writing when the department of writing and linguistics and the Georgia Southern National Writing Project hosted Pizza-for-Prose on Thursday, October 20.

NWP and the Common Core Standards

National Writing Project News - Mon, 11/14/2011 - 15:45
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Type: Resource
NWP is developing a variety of resources and online spaces to help educators provide the professional development necessary to implement the work of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
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