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National Writing Project Publications Win Awards

For Immediate Release


BERKELEY, CA, June 15, 2005—The National Writing Project (NWP) won two 2005 Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) on June 8.

Todd Goodson's "Teaching in the Time of Dogs," published in The Quarterly of the National Writing Project, won in the editorial category. In his piece, Goodson, associate professor of English Education and director of NWP's Flint Hills Writing Project at Kansas State University, recalls a pivotal moment in his teaching career: "One morning I was standing outside my classroom as my first-hour group assembled when one of my students approached me in tears. `Mr. Goodson,' she sobbed, `I think my neighbor skinned his dog.'"

Goodson's editorial questions current efforts to reform education: "When a student confronts a skinned dog on her way to school, the last thing she needs from the school is the opportunity to sit in class and move through a carefully scripted lesson pointed toward a high-stakes test. She needs an opportunity to tell her story. She needs a little help in understanding and interpreting her world, and she depends on us for that help. The fundamental flaw of our contemporary model for school reform is this: It begins with what we want students to know, not with the students themselves."

Another NWP publication, 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing, was awarded a first-place Distinguished Achievement Award in the Instructional Materials/Booklets category. Featuring strategies for improving student writing at all grade levels, from teachers from across the nation, 30 Ideas includes tips such as "Practice and play with revision techniques," "Establish an email dialogue between students from different schools who are reading the same book," and "Make grammar instruction dynamic." To date, this NWP publication has reached more than 5,000 teachers in print and over the Web.

National Writing Project Executive Director Richard Sterling expressed his appreciation for the AEP awards: "Writing project teachers write remarkably about their classrooms, their students, and their research. To win awards for that writing is a great and well-deserved tribute."


The National Writing Project is a nationwide network of educators working together to strengthen writing instruction in America's schools. Independent evaluation finds that students in the classrooms of NWP teachers make significant gains in writing achievement.

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