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Philadelphia Writing Project Teachers Create 'Classroom Buzz'

Date: June 1, 2009

Summary: The Philadelphia Writing Project is profiled for reframing the "achievement gap" by using writing to help teachers explore issues of social justice, language, and race.


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Largely due to her avid participation in several teacher networks, including the Philadelphia Writing Project, Puntel has learned to completely reframe the "achievement gap" issue—away from student deficiencies and toward fulfilling the education "debt" that is owed students.

She says that testing had "put my students in the gap, not the achieving part"—especially when she taught special education.

For 22 years, the Philadelphia Writing Project has been using literacy to help teachers understand issues of social justice, language, and race. A local site of the National Writing Project, PhilWP is a teacher-led organization of more than 2,100 members who support and are supported in all phases of their careers.

Copyright © 2008 Philadelphia Public School Notebook. Reprinted with permission.
Jackson, Alesha. 2008. "Teachers helping teachers create that classroom buzz." Philadelphia Public School Notebook 16 (2).

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