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NWP Radio — What Matters to Teachers in Education Policy

Date: June 24, 2010

Summary: Many educators have argued that teachers' voices are insufficiently present in discussion about education, and that teachers need to strategize to bring teaching and learning back into the center of policy.


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As you know, teachers and site leaders are really the best advocates for NWP, and when we go and visit legislative offices . . . it's always the teachers that education aides and legislators remember, and the stories they bring to these meetings, the work these teachers do with their students. . . . These stories really help to put a face to the work of the Writing Project.

In fact, last week we had a series of meetings, and those meetings were incredibly positive, so we're getting great feedback from the Hill and really encouraged by the support for the Writing Project across the board in our meetings. There is certainly a lot of talk about ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) reauthorization, when it will happen, what it will look like, and a lot of questions still around all of that. So it's definitely the focus of much of our attention here at NWP.

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