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2005 NWP Annual Meeting Highlights

The 2005 NWP Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh was livelier and more engaging than ever—with nearly 1,000 writing project colleagues attending a record number of sessions and workshops.

If you’d like to read some of the general session speeches, view a photo album of the meeting, or read some of the pieces people wrote to the General Session’s prompt, “Write about the moment you realized you were a writer,” please visit the links below.

We hope to see you at the 2006 Annual Meeting, November 16–18, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Speeches

Common Cause and Common Sense—Rethinking How We Teach Writing
General Session speech by Richard Sterling
Today’s students—whether they are at school or at play—use technologies that emphasize collaboration and problem solving and draw from multimedia sources. As a result, emphasizes Richard Sterling, we need to rethink how we teach writing. “Failure to use what excites the learning of millions of young people is, I believe, a serious mistake,” Sterling says.

The NWP as a National Infrastructure (PDF)
Slide presentation by Laura Stokes of  Inverness Research Associates
The NWP is “not just another project,” but operates as a national professional development infrastructure, according to Laura Stokes of Inverness Research Associates. Just as roads, electrical systems, and communications networks form the nation’s infrastructure, the NWP provides a broad access to services and functions on a significant national scale.

Altering Life Trajectories
General Session speech by Starr Lewis
“We often assume we're pretty good at predicting where a particular life trajectory will lead, given conditions such as poverty and violence,” says Starr Lewis, associate commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education. Fortunately, Lewis encountered teachers along the way who helped turn her life in an unpredictable and serendipitous direction.

Writing

“Write about the moment you realized you were a writer.”
This year’s writing prompt at the General Session produced some moving and inspiring responses.

Photos

Photo Album
Writing project colleagues connected in a variety of ways and learned from each other’s expertise.



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