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San Antonio Writing Project Delves into Digital Writing

National Writing Project News - Mon, 10/17/2011 - 12:45
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Type: In the News
The San Antonio Writing Project hosted a seminar "Digital Writing: Byte Write Into It" as part of its professional development series. The seminar provided educators ways to teach writing using technology.

Why I Write: Valerie Hobbs on Her Writing Process

National Writing Project News - Mon, 10/17/2011 - 10:45
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Type: Resource
Valerie Hobbs, an award-winning author of young adult books, discusses why she writes and what motivates and influences her writing.

NWP Radio: Why I Write

National Writing Project News - Tue, 10/11/2011 - 18:45
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Type: Event
Join us as we celebrate the National Day on Writing with New York Times reporters, a New Yorker writer, and NWP novelist, among others.

Educators Wage Battle for Students' Attention

National Writing Project News - Mon, 10/10/2011 - 15:45
Friday, September 23, 2011
Type: In the News
Greg Graham, a teacher-consultant with the Little Rock Writing Project, draws attention to the rising concern of easily distracted students and advises educators on finding ways to help them concentrate on important matters in the classroom.

Why I Write: Timothy Ferris on Writing to Learn

National Writing Project News - Fri, 10/07/2011 - 13:45
Friday, September 23, 2011
Type: Resource
Timothy Ferris, who has been called "the best science writer of his generation," discusses why he writes and the importance of writing about science.

Why I Write: Ashley Hope Perez Writes with Her Students in Mind

National Writing Project News - Fri, 10/07/2011 - 13:45
Friday, September 23, 2011
Type: Resource
NWP teacher-consultant Ashley Hope Perez started writing with her students, and they challenged her to write a novel. She published that novel, and now has a second one on the way. She writes while thinking of what would make her students, especially her reluctant readers, turn the page.

Merced Writing Project Prepares Students to Think Beyond "Yes" or "No" Answers

National Writing Project News - Thu, 10/06/2011 - 10:45
Friday, September 23, 2011
Type: In the News
The UC Merced Writing Project seeks to take student writing to a whole new level by helping teachers master advanced techniques to get students thinking more analytically about the subjects they are studying.

A Briefing on Informing Writing: The Benefits of Formative Assessment

National Writing Project News - Wed, 10/05/2011 - 16:45
Friday, September 23, 2011
Type: Resource
NWP's Director of National Programs, Tanya Baker, spoke at a briefing held on September 15, 2011 by the Alliance for Excellent Education. The briefing was on a recent report. Informing Writing: The Benefits of Formative Assessment, which identifies instructional practices shown to improve students' writing abilities.

Mini-Inquiries: Changing Classroom Instruction One Lesson at a Time

National Writing Project News - Tue, 10/04/2011 - 13:45
Friday, September 23, 2011
Type: Resource
When a small group of language arts teachers from the Tar River Writing Project in North Carolina noticed that some students seemed less engaged in their classes, they decided to study their own practices, question their assumptions, and work systematically to change their teaching.

Why I Write: To Awaken the Spirit in the Downtrodden

National Writing Project News - Mon, 10/03/2011 - 16:45
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Type: Resource
Twin brothers Al Mills and Nnamdi Chukwuocha use poetry and social action "to awaken the spirit of awareness buried deep within the souls of the downtrodden." Their poem, "Why I Write," aims to teach children about the importance of self-expression and how it can help them through their struggles and challenges.

Why I Write: Writing about Science—A Way to Pay Attention to Nature

National Writing Project News - Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:45
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Type: Resource
Anil Ananthaswamy, author of the Edge of Physics, says that writing is important to science to make jargon come alive with stories, to capture the precision and skepticism that's intrinsic to science, and to inform the world of the scientific truths that are so critical to our lives.

Figment Provides Space for Lovers of Reading and Writing

National Writing Project News - Thu, 09/29/2011 - 15:46
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Type: spotlight
Katie Robbins, director of educational programming at Figment, an online community where young adults and teens come together to create, discover, and share their own writing and discuss their favorite works, discusses how Figment can be used in the classroom.

Honoring Dialect and Increasing Student Performance in Standard English

National Writing Project News - Thu, 09/29/2011 - 15:46
Monday, September 19, 2011
Type: Resource
With support from the Rural Sites Network, teachers at the Appalachian Writing Project are studying Appalachian dialect and the ability to code-switch in student writing.

Curriculum, Rewired: Teachers and Students Come Together Around Innovative New Pedagogy

National Writing Project News - Thu, 09/29/2011 - 15:46
Monday, September 19, 2011
Type: Resource
Grinding New Lenses, a four-week professional development intensive camp held over the summer, brought together numerous teachers from the Chicago area to collaborate on design and systems thinking.

Book Review: Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Change The World

National Writing Project News - Thu, 09/29/2011 - 15:46
Monday, September 19, 2011
Type: Resource
Game designer and Director of Game Research at The Institute For The Future, Jane McGonigal, argues that games can change the world for the better. Using theories from positive psychology, cognitive science, sociology, and philosophy, McGonigal connects how game playing (anything from video games to sports) can make us happier and more productive.

Student Voices: What Makes a Great Teacher?

National Writing Project News - Thu, 09/29/2011 - 15:46
Monday, September 19, 2011
Type: Resource
The latest report from The College Board's Student Voices series gives students the opportunity to be a part of the national dialogue on education and to provide input on what it takes for teachers to be effective in the classroom.

Deborah Meier Strives to Give Education a Purpose—and Hope

National Writing Project News - Thu, 09/29/2011 - 15:46
Monday, September 19, 2011
Type: Resource
NWP's 2011 Annual Meeting will feature renowned educator Deborah Meier, who will share her insights about the purpose of education after a long career as a well-known educational reformer, writer, and activist.

America's Best Teachers in 2011

National Writing Project News - Thu, 09/29/2011 - 15:46
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Type: In the News
NWP teachers Curtis Chandler and Floris Wilma Ortiz, who both received awards as teacher of the year from their respective states, were profiled by Spirit magazine.

NWP Radio--Exploring "Systems Thinking" With Grinding New Lenses

National Writing Project News - Wed, 09/28/2011 - 16:45
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Type: Resource
This summer, eight teachers from three writing project sites spent a month in Chicago exploring the power of systems-thinking to support students in the way they learn, make, and write. This project, called "Grinding New Lenses," involved teachers in their own learning and thinking about systems, followed by an opportunity to lead a summer camp with youth from the surrounding area.

Marking a Moment: Teaching About 9/11

National Writing Project News - Wed, 09/28/2011 - 15:45
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Type: Resource
September 11, 2011, marked the 10th anniversary of the devastating attack on the World Trade Center. How is this subject being surfaced, taught, and talked about in classrooms? What critical literacy practices support students in finding a voice as they navigate the complexities of challenging topics, such as 9/11?
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