National Writing Project

The Voice

Vol. 6, No. 3, 2001

2001 Hechinger Award Nominations Now Being Accepted
By NWP Staff
Each writing project site is encouraged to nominate a teacher for the fifth annual Fred Hechinger Award, which is presented to a teacher who makes significant connections between research and practice....

Ed Week Founder Talks School Reform
By Art Peterson
As the featured speaker at the National Writing Project's Spring Meeting in April, Education Week founder Ron Wolk confronted the issue of school reform in an open discussion with meeting attendees from across the network....

Annual Meeting Session Proposals Due
By NWP Staff
There's still time! Proposals for sessions at the NWP Annual Meeting 2001 in Baltimore are being accepted through Friday, May 18, 2001....

Annual Site Review 2001 Takes a New Approach
By Joye Alberts
To make the site proposal review process more useful for sites, new approaches were added to the annual event....

Awards and Accolades
By NWP Staff
Find out your colleagues' latest awards and publications....

Coaching and the Summer Invitational Institutes
By Susan Bennett
The director of the Redwood Writing Project shares some tips and insights about the role of coaching in helping prepare teachers for their summer institute demonstrations....

Compiling "Favorite Authors" List Proves No Easy Task
By Joan Taylor
The results of an informal poll on favorite authors serve as food for thought in light of the upcoming summer institutes....

Director's Update
By Richard Sterling
An update from Executive Director Richard Sterling....

Finding Our Voices: Rural Sites Network Retreat Points the Way
By Phip Ross
The Rural Sites Network Retreat in Orange Beach, Alabama gave participants the opportunity to discover their voices....

Granny's Little Girl
By Jackie Wesson
This is a poem written during the 2001 NWP Rural Sites Network Retreat....

James Gray On Coaching: An Excerpt from Teachers at the Center
By James Gray
In this excerpt from Teachers at the Center, NWP founder James Gray shares some of the history and early insights behind the practice of coaching teachers before their demonstration at the invitational summer institute....

Minigrant Projects Provide Inspiration
By Laura Paradise
A look at the 2001-2002 recipients of the NWP minigrant awards and their proposed projects....

New Jacket
By Kathleen Ann Gonzalez
When asked to try on the role of summer institute co- director, author and teacher-consultant Kathleen Ann Gonzales finds the opportunity both a great fit and a chance for self-reflection....

New Literacies for New Times: The NCTE Assembly for Research Convenes at UC Berkeley
By Christian Knoeller, Melanie Sperling
Centered on the language theories of Soviet psychologist Mikhail Bakhtin, NCTE's midwinter conference at UC Berkeley drew hundreds of educational researchers and teachers to think about and discuss language learning....

NWP Adds Teacher Voices to Standards Debate
By Art Peterson
Focus on Standards teachers share some of what they learned during their three-year study on standards....

NWP Spring Meeting in Washington
By NWP Staff
The NWP Spring Meeting, April 5-7, was an event of inspiring proportion....

NWP Teachers, Directors Turn up the Heat in Washington
By Andy Bradshaw
Andy Bradshaw offers an update on the political events affecting the NWP network....

Our Writing Lives: Steeltown Sister
By Walt Peterson
Sister Eugene, a tough-as-nails big-hearted nun in Pittsburgh's St....

Rural Voices Radio Receives Award
By NWP Staff
Rural Voices Radio, the six-part radio series growing out of NWP?s Rural Voices, Country Schools project, received a Golden Reel Award....

Summer Institute by the Numbers
By Art Peterson
How many people have participated in invitational summer institutes since the first institute in 1974? Find out in this lively compendium of NWP statistics....

Teacher Awards: A Contrarian View
By Susan Drinkard
Susan Drinkard makes the case that in order to provide true motivation for good teaching practices, teacher-of the-year awards should be based on objective criteria....

The School Yearbook: A Guide to Writing and Teaching
By Jon Appleby
The enthusiasm generated by yearbooks, those wonderful annual rituals of writing and sharing, cause one teacher to reflect on how he might ignite that same energy through work in his classroom....

Traveling with the E-Anthology: Arkansas Poem Finds Its Way to South Dakota Literary Magazine
By Michelle Rogge Gannon
Michelle Rogge Gannon reflects upon the connections that NWP's summer E-Anthology encourages, following the path of one anthology submission from last summer....

Two or Three Things I Know For Sure About Teaching Writing
By Ashley Martin
A rich variety of reading during a summer institute becomes a creative catalyst for Ashley Martin to reflect on what she knows about teaching....

Untitled
By Jeanette Hopkins
This is a poem, written during the 2001 NWP Rural Sites Network Retreat....

Why I Became a Teacher
By Rachel Bronwyn
Rachel Bronwyn describes her pull toward teaching--despite expectations by friends and family to pursue something more lucrative--as a way to take personal responsibility for educational inequalities....

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