National Writing Project

NWP Teachers Headline Capitol Hill Event on Digital Writing

Date: September 30, 2010

Summary: A Congressional briefing on digital writing featured a panel of Writing Project teachers who explained how they use technology and digital writing to improve learning.


Watch highlights from the Congressional briefing, Teachers Are the Center of Education: Writing, Learning and Leading in the Digital Age.

On Capitol Hill, three teachers recognized for their innovative use of classroom technology shared their perspectives on the tremendous benefits of using digital media tools to teach writing.

"We're providing students with skills they will need in the future, like being able to collaborate with others, solve problems and communicate," said Jennifer Woollven, an English language arts teacher at Eastside Memorial Green Tech High School in Austin, Texas.

The briefing, moderated by journalist and renowned author Juan Williams, was sponsored by the National Writing Project and the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center. It included two teachers featured in Teachers Are the Center of Education: Writing, Learning and Leading in the Digital Age, a report released this summer by the two organizations and Phi Delta Kappa International (PDKI).

"Across the country, teachers are effectively making changes in their classrooms," said Sharon J. Washington, executive director of NWP. "They are embracing the opportunities to use an array of digital tools for teaching writing across subject areas to help all young learners become writers and creators of content."

Watch the videos on this page for highlights from the meeting and the teachers' presentations.

Teacher Presenters

  • Robert Rivera-Amezola, 4th Grade Teacher
    Frances E. Willard Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA
    Philadelphia Writing Project

  • Joel Malley, English Language Arts Teacher
    Cheektowaga Central High School, Cheektowaga, NY
    Western New York Writing Project

  • Jennifer Woollven, English Language Arts Teacher
    Eastside Memorial Green Tech High School, Austin, TX
    Central Texas Writing Project

Read the speaker biographies (PDF).

Videos Presented by the Teachers

Teaching Writing in the Digital Age, by Joel Malley

Racism, by Jennifer Woollven's Student

How Students Use Glogster, by Jennifer Woollven

Podcast by Robert Rivera-Amezola's Class

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