National Writing Project

The Voice

Vol. 5, No. 4, 2000

"The Most" Successful Literature Review Activity
By Amy R. Wainwright
Amy R....

English Journal Meets Darth Vader:
Teacher-Consultants Need Theory to Back Up Practice

By Helen Collins Sitler
Helen Collins Sitler discusses why teacher-consultants need theory to back up their successful classroom practices....

Awards and Accolades
By NWP Staff
Read about your writing project colleagues' most recent publications and accomplishments at our Awards and Accolades page....

Back to Basics—Assumptions, That Is
By Sherry Swain
Sherry Swain describes an exercise that directors at the 2000 NWP Directors Retreat used to take an in-depth look at three of NWP's Basic Assumptions....

Denise Patmon and Vanessa Whang Join NWP Board
By NWP Staff
The National Writing Project is pleased to welcome two new members to our board of directors, Denise Patmon and Vanessa Whang....

Director's Update
By Richard Sterling
An update from Executive Director Richard Sterling on the NWP Directors Retreat, the release of the Rural Voices Radio compact disk, and the upcoming NWP Annual Meeting in Milwaukee....

Grant Opportunities
By NWP Staff
Take a fresh look at our grant opportunities because they're brand new....

Le Cheval Blanc Est
By Georgia Tiffany Toppe
"Le Cheval Blanc Est," from Georgia Tiffany Toppe, teacher-consultant with the Northwest Inland Writing Project at the University of Idaho....

Leadership Profiles: Idaho Site Director Has Energy to Spare
By Art Peterson
This new Voice feature—highlighting NWP network leaders—profiles Elinor Michel, director of the Northwest Inland Writing Project, and features descriptions of some of her site's yearly events....

Log on to NWP Authors and Issues
By Joan Taylor
This fall's NWP Authors and Issues Conference—an online discussion about writing instruction and the writing life—will run October 8 to 20 and features Ralph Fletcher, well-known children's book author....

Mandated Reform vs. Classroom Reality
By Joe Check
Joe Check takes a look at some of the issues involved in mandated school reform and advocates that teachers should remain at the center of reform....

Meet Your Peers in Milwaukee
By NWP Staff
Travel to the shores of Lake Michigan for the 23rd Annual Meeting, November 16-18, 2000....

No Classroom, or Project, Is an Island
By Janet A. Swenson
The director of the Red Cedar Writing Project explains some of the challenges the participants at the NWP Directors Retreat discussed, including the many facets of creating successful school-year programs....

Northern Virginia Shares Ideas With Northern California
By Suzanne Linebarger, Pete Pazmino
Suzanne Linebarger and Pete Pazmino discuss the collaborative opportunities of the nationwide NWP Teacher Exchange Program....

NWP to Fund New Project Outreach Sites
By NWP Staff
NWP will support a new cohort of Project Outreach sites beginning in the summer of 2001....

NWP Writing Retreat in Santa Fe, New Mexico: Gathering Around Our Writing
By Tim Gillespie
Tim Gillespie reflects on his experience at the second annual NWP Writing Retreat....

NWP Writing Retreat in Santa Fe, New Mexico: Retreat Eases Writing Struggle
By Terry Mobley
Terry Mobley reflects on her experience participating in NWP's second annual NWP Writing Retreat....

Our Writing Lives: Ink Stains
By C. J. Gilbert
C....

Project Outreach Transforms Professional Development
A Report from Johnston County
By Patsy Butler, Sandra O'Berry
What was it like for a small, rural satellite site to join the Project Outreach Network? "Like building a plane as it taxied down the runway: risky, but we hoped it would fly....

Promote Your Site in D.C.
By NWP Staff
Join us during cherry blossom month for the next NWP Spring Meeting in Washington, D....

Reflections on Idaho Regional Writing Retreat
By Susan Drinkard
Susan Drinkard writes about the pleasure of being a part of a community of writers at the Northwest Inland Writing Project's four-day professional writing retreat in Idaho....

Rocky Mountain Retreat Inspires NWP Directors
By Sherry Swain
Sherry Swain discusses how the annual NWP Directors Retreat mirrors aspects of the invitational summer institutes by providing directors with an opportunity to learn from each other and reflect on, and deepen their sites' best practices....

Site Lines: Mind the Gap
By Mary Ann Smith
In this launch of Site Lines, a new Voice column for writing project leaders to share their stories of professional struggles and successes, Mary Ann Smith makes a case for avoiding a fixed pedagogical path....

Teacher Exchange Minigrant Helps Head Off Phonics-In-Isolation Effort
By Donna Vincent
Donna Vincent discusses the collaborative opportunities of the nationwide NWP Teacher Exchange Program....

Teacher Exchange Promotes Cross-Country Collaboration
By Pat Fox
Pat Fox looks at the collaborative opportunities of the nationwide NWP Teacher Exchange Program and provides information for writing project teachers whom would like to apply....

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