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By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 6, No. 1
Date: January-February 2001

Summary: Teachers at the Center recounts the exciting early years of the National Writing Project in personal, insightful, and humorous stories that only James Gray, its founder, could tell.

 

Teachers at the Center recounts the exciting early years of the National Writing Project in personal, insightful, and humorous stories that only James Gray, its founder, could tell.

In 1974, Gray and his colleagues convened the first summer institute of the Bay Area Writing Project at UC Berkeley—the first writing project site in the country—with two dozen teachers. Over the years, Gray's radically new vision of professional development for teachers, and his hard work establishing the writing project model in sites around the country, have generated a national network of sites which have served more than two million teachers.

In this refreshingly candid memoir, he looks back on the early years, describing the mentors who influenced his thinking, the mistakes he made and strategies he used to refine the model, and the difficulties he overcame to gain widespread support for the project. Anyone interested in education, literacy, and teacher development will appreciate the insights in this engaging and forthright narrative. To download an order form online, visit: http://archive.nwp.org/cs/public/print/doc/resources/book_store.csp.

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