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Book Review: On Discourse Analysis in Classrooms: Approaches to Language and Literacy Research

December 2010
Lona Jack-Vilmar
On Discourse Analysis in Classrooms offers an alternative method to rethink traditionally accepted theories and processes related to how language and literacy events that occur in classrooms are analyzed. More ›

NWP Radio — The Southern Arizona Writing Project Teacher-Research and Inquiry Community

September 2010
Visit with the site leaders and teacher-consultants from the Southern Arizona Writing Project as they describe their efforts to sustain their teacher-research and inquiry program for a new generation of teachers. More ›

What Data-Driven Instruction Should Really Look Like

June 2009
Kathie Marshall
Kathie Marshall argues that data-driven instruction should come from groups of teachers working together on research and using data to improve instruction—rather than having data monitored as a way of checking NCLB "compliance." More ›


Additional Resources

Practitioner Inquiry and the Practice of Teaching: Some Thoughts on Better

February 2008
Susan Lytle
Susan Lytle, founding director of the Philadelphia Writing Project, observes that teacher-researchers aim primarily to teach better, a theme she finds illuminated in a physician-written book about the practice of medicine. More ›

The Challenge of Change: Growth Through Inquiry at the Western Massachusetts Writing Project

National Writing Project at Work, 2008
Susan Connell Biggs, Kevin Hodgson, Bruce Penniman
Authors Susan Connell Biggs, Kevin Hodgson, and Bruce Penniman describe the inquiry approach their site took in responding to both planned and unplanned change at their writing project site. Their account chronicles the creation of a site structure that places the work of the site at the center, providing stability for the site in the midst of changing circumstances. Processes detailed in the monograph will be useful to any local site. More ›

Developing Site Capacities Through Program Evaluation and Research

December 2008
Paul M. Rogers
Carrying out an LSRI study not only increased the South Coast Writing Project's capacity for doing research; it yielded other unexpected benefits for the site, including connections with more teachers in the area. More ›

Article Exploring Process, Inquiry, and the Benefits of Site Research Wins Award

December 2009
Art Peterson
Researchers from the South Coast Writing Project compared the classroom practice of teachers who had experienced their site's inquiry-based professional development with the practice of those who hadn't—and reaped unexpected benefits. More ›

Book Review: Inquiry as Stance: Practitioner Research for the Next Generation

March 2010
Elizabeth Radin Simons
Liz Simons, a teacher-consultant with the Bay Area Writing Project, reviews Marilyn Cochran-Smith and Susan Lytle's extensive work on practitioner inquiry, which contains their revised theory, context for the movement, and eight chapters by practitioners illustrating their theory. More ›

Beyond Strategies: Teacher Practice, Writing Process, and the Influence of Inquiry

English Education, April 2008
These case studies of two teachers, one who worked with the South Coast Writing Project in an inquiry-oriented inservice program and one who did not, explore how they each interpret and implement a process-centered theory of writing in different ways. More ›

Group Conversations Around Images, Documents, and Videos

December 2009
Jason Shiroff
Denver Writing Project technology liaison Jason Shiroff discusses the deliberate inquiry process he uses with his students when introducing new technology tools—in this case, a wiki—in his classroom. Listen, watch, and even comment on this VoiceThread presentation. More ›

Teacher Inquiry Publishing and Research Resources

July 2008
The following publishing and research resources provide support for teachers at various stages of the inquiry and dissemination process. More ›

Teacher Inquiry Study Group Focuses on Racism and Homophobia

July 2007
Gavin Tachibana
An NWP inquiry group focuses on race and sexual orientation, providing a safe place for teachers to explore these areas, develop curricula, discover methods for handling controversy, and honor the backgrounds of all their students. More ›

Digging Deeper: Teacher Inquiry in the Summer Institute Demonstration

The Voice, 2004
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. More ›

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