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Lost in Translation: Assessing Writing of English Language Learners

English Journal, June 2012
Tom Meyer, Fabiola Lieberstein-Solera, Martha Young
Hudson Valley Writing Project (New York) Director Tom Meyer along with teacher-leaders Martha Young and Fabiola Lieberstein-Solera worked with the National Writing Project's Analytic Writing Continuum (AWC) to research the question, "What if the writing rubrics we use don't make sense to our bilingual students or their teachers?" More ›

Local and National Programs Nurture ELL Teacher-Leaders

February 2011
Katie McKay
Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Floris Wilma Ortiz-Marrero explores how the interconnectedness of local and national programs is part of what has nurtured her development as a leader. More ›

Supporting Teachers of English Language Learners in Kansas City

April 2010
Katie McKay
To help local teachers address the needs of a growing population of English language learners the Greater Kansas City Writing Project strategically calls on NWP resources, related events, and local experience. More ›


Additional Resources

Book Review: Immigrant Students and Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Remembering

June 2010
Stephanie Paterson
Stephanie Paterson, co-director of the Great Valley Writing Project, which is in the same Central California region where Gerald Campano taught and did his research, finds his book an inspiration in the ways it links inquiry, pedagogy, and social justice issues. More ›

ELLs at the Center: Rethinking High Stakes Testing

English Journal, July 2010
Wilma Ortiz, Karen Sumaryono
The authors propose ways to ameliorate the tensions of high stakes testing of ELL students by fostering high expectations for all students while honoring the home languages of English learners. More ›

Engaging Parents Beyond Back-to-School Night

November 2010
National Family Literacy Day, November 1, focuses on special activities and events that showcase the importance of family literacy programs. NWP offers these resources to help parents, educators, and students celebrate the effort. More ›

ELL Library American Indian Reference/Resource “Must-Haves”

June 2009
Michael Thompson, Laurie Smith
With the goals of providing materials that alter teachers' understanding of Native American cultures and building local communities of inquiry devoted to Native American Studies, the compiler provides an annotated bibliography of "must-read" texts on the subject. More ›

Resources for National Native American Heritage Month

November 2011
Art Peterson
The National Writing Project has gathered articles from its archives and suggested relevant websites to help teachers celebrate November's National Native American Heritage Month. More ›

Building Culturally Responsive Units of Study: From Texas to Mexico and Back

December 2009
Katie McKay
By crafting units of study that cast immigration as part of the American historical process, a teacher-consultant at the Heart of Texas Writing Project creates opportunities for her bilingual students to explore immigration in a trusting and productive classroom environment. More ›

Resources for Teaching Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

April 2011
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month, so NWP has collected these resources and lesson plans from NWP teacher-consultants and other sources to support learning about Asian Pacific American history and current issues. More ›

Book Review: English Learners, Academic Literacy, and Thinking: Learning in the Challenge Zone

June 2010
Debra Schneider
Debra Schneider, a teacher-consultant with the Great Valley Writing Project, says this book gives teachers the resources needed to develop a "high-challenge, high-support" classroom for English language learners. More ›

“It’s about Teachers Teaching Teachers,” says Massachusetts Teacher of the Year

June 2010
Art Peterson
Floris Wilma Ortiz-Marrero, a teacher-consultant with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project and member of the ELL leadership team, will promote respect for student achievement, teacher accomplishment, and diversity during her tenure as 2011 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. More ›

Katie McKay: Changing the World Starts with Just a Few Words

August 2010
Art Peterson
Katie McKay, a teacher-consultant with the Heart of Texas Writing Project, exemplifies teacher leadership in action: an inquiring mind, a focus on creative classroom strategies, and the desire and skill to work with other teachers and her community. More ›

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