National Writing Project

The Voice

Vol. 10, No. 3, 2005

Maryland Voices: Publishing Students' True Stories
By Rus VanWestervelt
Teacher-consultant Rus VanWestervelt describes how he founded a journal designed and edited by high school students and devoted entirely to publishing creative nonfiction written by teens throughout Maryland....

Quarterly Authors Win National Awards
By NWP Staff
NWP's 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing and Todd Goodson's Quarterly essay "Teaching in the Time of Dogs" both won Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Association of Educational Publishers ....

Apply Now for Special-Focus Networks Minigrants
By NWP Staff
In October, sites that are members of special-focus networks will be able to apply online for minigrants to strengthen their work in these areas of focus: English language learners, rural sites, urban sites, and teacher inquiry communities....

Are You Ready for College Writing?
By Mary Ann Smith
This spring seven NWP sites conducted pilot workshops for high school juniors focused on the writing they will encounter in college....

Awards and Accolades
By NWP Staff

Be Part of the Largest Writing Project Gathering of the Year
By NWP Staff
The NWP Annual Meeting, November 17–19, offers exciting interactive workshop sessions, roundtable discussions, and demonstrations of successful practice, all conducted by NWP members ....

Dates to Remember
By NWP Staff

Director's Update
By Richard Sterling
NWP Director Richard Sterling comments on the increasing public attention being given to the importance of teaching, the research being conducted by NWP's Local Site Research Initiative, and his talk at the Chinese University of Hong Kong emphasizing the opportunities that digital technology is providing for our students and teachers....

Find Your Way to the 2006 NWP Spring Meeting
By NWP Staff
Elected officials need to hear the story of your writing project site's success, so please join your colleagues in Washington, DC, April 6–7 for the 2006 NWP Spring Meeting....

It's Time to Apply for Continued Funding
By NWP Staff
The 2006 Continued Funding Application, along with other required documents and samples to help with the process, are available online....

New-Site Directors Tell Their Stories
By NWP Staff
The Voice introduces two more directors of new sites that joined the NWP network in 2004: Robert Yagelski, Director of the Capital District Writing Project, University at Albany, State University of New York, and Maryann Manning, director of the Red Mountain Writing Project, University of Alabama at Birmingham....

NWP Writing Strand at NCTE Convention: Teaching Writing to a New Generation
By NWP Staff
On Saturday, November 19, a special all-day strand of writing workshops will be conducted by writing project teacher-leaders as one of the 2005 NWP Annual Meeting activities....

On the Subject of Grafting
By Jan Isenhour
As a ninth grade biology student, Jan Isenhour learns what happens when a teacher makes sure a school assignment resonates with a student....

Project Outreach Plans a New Cohort
By Tom Fox
Project Outreach 3 will gather sites that are invested in the process of inquiry, eager to develop their capacity to serve teachers in low-income communities, and committed to the goals of access, relevance, and diversity....

Teachers Enter the “Writing Project Way”
By Linette Moorman
At 18 NWP sites, the New Teacher Initiative (NTI) provides a supportive community where novice teachers have found "solace and refuge, as well as identity and challenge as professionals....

The Local Site Research Initiative: Learning Important Lessons and Setting Future Direction
By Linda Friedrich, Paul LeMahieu
Through the Local Site Research Initiative, NWP is building rigorous, context-specific evaluation studies focusing on writing project sites' work....

Urban Sites Network Conference "Writes Across Borders"
By NWP Staff
The San Diego Area Writing Project will host this year's Urban Sites Network conference, April 28–29....

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