National Writing Project

The Voice

Vol. 9, No. 2, 2004

Brown v. Board of Education at 50: The Long and Winding Road to Educational Equity
By Amy Bauman
A recounting of the keynote speech from the 2004 NWP Spring Meeting in which author Samuel Yette described the historical contexts leading up to the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v....

Awards and Accolades
By NWP Staff
Looking for some new reading material? Find out about your colleagues' latest articles, books, and honors....

Beyond I Am
By Michael Taylor
Taylor shares how a summer institute community-building activity turned into a before-and-after example of how participants become better writers in the institute....

Dates to Remember
By NWP Staff

Digging Deeper: Teacher Inquiry in the Summer Institute Demonstration
By Art Peterson
Peterson explores writing project summer institute teacher demonstrations as a form of teacher inquiry at the Northern California Writing and the Red Cedar Writing Project....

Director's Update
By Richard Sterling
NWP Executive Director Richard Sterling shares his thoughts on recent developments and the future of the National Writing Project in this quarterly column....

Get Thee to a Writers Colony
By Edward Gauthier
Edward Gauthier discusses the benefits of writers colonies....

Getting in Step with NWP's New-Site Directors
By Art Peterson
As part of an ongoing series introducing directors of new writing project sites, this article profiles Kyle Shanton, director of the Borderlands Writing Project; and Janelle Mathis and Carol Wickstrom, directors of the North Star of Texas Writing Project....

Gray Honored in California
By NWP Staff
NWP founder Jim Gray received the 2004 California Association of Teachers of English Career Achievement Award....

Keith's Question
By Bill Connolly
Prompted by a student-writer's question, high school teacher Bill Connolly reflects on why writing groups in the summer institute are so powerful....

Meet with Your Colleagues at the Crossroads in November
By NWP Staff
Join us in Indianapolis at the 2004 NWP Annual Meeting, November 18–20, your best opportunity of the year to network with writing project colleagues from across the country....

Minigrant Recipients Announced for 2004-2005
By NWP Staff
The special-focus networks of the National Writing Project—English Language Learners (ELL), Rural Sites, Teacher Inquiry Communities, and Urban Sites—recently awarded funding to support 32 minigrant projects....

More Thoughts on Reading in the Summer Institute
By Lucy Ware
Lucy Ware reflects on how summer institute organizers at the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project learned to better integrate reading into their institute model by letting participants choose their reading topics and providing a clear purpose for the reading....

NWP Adds 12 New Sites to the Network
By NWP Staff
The National Writing Project has expanded its network by another 12 sites this year, bringing the total number of sites to 185....

NWP Speaks: 30 Years of Writing Project Voices
By Pen Campbell, Janis Cramer, Alisa Daniel, John Dorroh, Beth Hammett, Dan Holt, Tina Humphrey, Jane Juska, Richard Louth, Kathleen O'Shaughnessy, Bob Pressnall, Eileen Simmons, Kathy Woods
In this five-part series celebrating NWP's 30 th anniversary, writing project teachers and site leaders share personal accounts of their writing project experiences....

NWP Supporters Converge on Capitol Hill
By Andy Bradshaw
More than 200 National Writing Project teachers and site leaders packed the Senate Mansfield Room on the morning of April 1 for the 2004 NWP Spring Meeting kickoff....

Person on the Street
By NWP Staff
National Writing Project Spring Meeting participants were asked: What was the high point of the spring meeting for you? ....

Reading in the Summer Institute: How, Why, and What
By Nick Coles, Richard Louth
Coles and Louth, seasoned writing project directors, share not only what was read in their sites' institutes, but also discuss why and how institute participants read these selections....

Reading is Nuts
By Philip Ireland
In this personal reflection, Philip Ireland weaves together a 15-year-old's current struggle with The Old Man and the Sea and his memory of learning to crack open "The Lottery" in the fifth grade....

Senators Cochran, Byrd Honored for Support of Writing
By NWP Staff
Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Robert Byrd (D-WV) recently received awards for "Extraordinary Contributions to the Art and Craft of Writing" from the National Commission on Writing for America's Families, Schools, and Colleges....

Special Summer Institute Section: Rediscovering Teaching in the NWP Summer Institute
By NWP Staff
As the articles in this section demonstrate, writing project leaders continue to find ways to enhance the summer institute experience and to help those who participate in it explore their almost inevitable question: "The writing project changed my life—what do I do now?" ....

Special-Focus Minigrants for 2004-2005 Announced
By NWP Staff
The special-focus networks of the National Writing Project—English Language Learners (ELL), Rural Sites, Teacher Inquiry Communities, and Urban Sites—recently awarded funding to support 32 minigrant projects....

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