National Writing Project

The Voice

Vol. 8, No. 3, 2003

Annual Meeting to Kick Off 30th Anniversary in Birthplace of the Writing Project
By NWP Staff
Join hundreds of teacher-leaders from writing project sites across the country November 20-22, 2003 in San Francisco, California....

Authors and Issues Online Conference Inspires Teacher Research Dialogue
By Shirley Brown
Brown describes how novice and seasoned teacher-researchers alike participated in the rich dialogue of the Authors and Issues Online Conference....

Awards and Accolades
By NWP Staff
Find out about your colleagues' latest articles, books, and awards....

Blending of Voice and Place at Rural Sites Spring Retreat
By Laura Paradise
Beginning with a pre-retreat writing marathon in Sabino Canyon, the 2003 RSN Spring Retreat held February 28-March 2, 2003 in Tucson, Arizona, was true to its theme, "Blending Voice and Place....

Center for the Book Convenes Spring Meeting for Partners
By Judith Moore Kelly
More than 50 representatives of the Library of Congress's Center for the Book reading promotion partners gathered in Washington, D....

Creating Relevance Across Grade Levels
By Elinor L. Michel
Although a diversity of grade levels is a goal for directors putting together a cadre of colleagues for the invitational summer institute, it doesn't always work out....

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

Empowering Teachers Through the Summer Institute
By Beth Halbert
Building teacher leadership is an important component of the NWP model, but Beth Halbert of the West Tennessee Writing Project got a crash course when she was asked to facilitate the beginning of the 2002 summer institute....

New Faces, New Places: Linda Goldsmith Heads South Florida Site
By NWP Staff
This last piece in a series introducing directors from new writing project sites profiles Linda Goldsmith of the South Florida Writing Project at Nova Southeastern University....

NWP Teachers Visit Capitol Hill
By NWP Staff
Writing project teachers from more than 70 sites participated in the events on Capitol Hill at the NWP Spring Meeting 2003, including a meeting in the historic Senate Mansfield Room, and visits with congressional representatives....

Person on the Street
By NWP Staff
NWP Spring Meeting 2003 participants were asked what they would take back to their sites or classroom based on their experience in Washington, D....

Poetry, the World Book, and the Summer Institute
By Lee Hudson
Hudson had given up the idea of teaching poetry to her elementary students until she attended a summer institute....

Roundtable Discussions Add Depth to NWP Spring Meeting
By Roxanne Barber, Amy Bauman, Andy Bradshaw, Rebekah Truemper
The NWP Spring Meeting 2003 featured a new component this year, roundtable discussions....

So Who Needs Natalie Goldberg? Reflections on the 2002 NWP Writing Retreat
By Tina Humphrey
Tina Humphrey of the Denver Writing Project, humorously describes what it was like to attend the 2002 NWP Professional Writing Retreat in New Mexico, including the self doubts, the drudgery, and the surprise at finally beginning to write....

Special-Focus Networks Award Minigrants
By Laura Paradise
Read descriptions of 31 diverse and interesting projects awarded minigrants from NWP's special-focus networks—English Language Learners, Rural Sites, Teacher Inquiry Communities, and Urban Sites....

Summer Institute Special
By NWP Staff
The invitational summer institute is at the core of the NWP model of teachers teaching teachers....

Talking Education with James Harvey
By Amy Bauman
Harvey proposes that, although everyone wants high achievement for all students, what goes on outside school has as much to do with academic success as what goes on in school....

Teaching After the Summer Institute
By Nick Maneno
After attending a summer institute, Maneno meets with his school administrators to share the potency of the NWP model....

The Fellow Who Collected Rejections
By Barbara Giles
Four years ago, the Inland Area Writing Project in California began requiring a piece of professional writing from all summer institute participants....

The Wisdom of Following a Strand
By Richard Louth
Louth, director of the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, describes four sessions that focused on "voice" during the NWP Rural Sites Spring Retreat in Tucson, Arizona....

What's Next for Rural Voices Radio?
By Laura Paradise
Although the Rural Voices Radio Series has concluded, documenting and disseminating the lessons learned is just beginning....

When Writing Gets Real (by the “Fellow Who Collected Rejections”)
By Richard Hartwell
When Hartwell's students complained about the California testing cycle, he asked them to direct their complaints to the California Department of Education (CDE) in the form of business letters....

Why a State Network Action Project?
By Sherry Swain
Sherry Swain gives a brief description of the State Network Action Project (SNAP), developed to support statewide collaboration among sites, and describes some themes that developed from a leadership meeting in February 2003....

Working Writing into a Comfortable Fit
By Karon Henderson
Even though Karon Henderson thought of herself as a confident teacher of writing, it wasn't until she attended the Central Texas Writing Project Summer Institute that she considered herself a writer and experienced all the discomfort writing can entail....

Writing Sabino Canyon
By Colleen Thompson
A short reflection by Colleen Thompson of the Southern Arizona Writing Project captures the ambiance of the 2003 Rural Sites Spring Retreat writing marathon....

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