National Writing Project

Design Thinking for Letters to the Next President 2.0

Date: May 26, 2016

Summary: Hear from educators who are designing ways to connect to Letters to the Next President 2.0 over the summer through local institutes, youth writing camps, and online events. The conversation touches on how we might design now in support of youth participation via Letters to the Next President 2.0 in our classrooms this coming Fall.


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Casey Olsen —Montana Writing Project teacher-consultant and College-Ready Writers Program leadership team member:

I think when we talk about creating real-world assignments and tasks for students, I think we need to take that a step further and just acknowledge that the classroom should be the real world, and writing letters to the next president is one of those moves that we as teachers can make with students that helps us create real world classrooms. And in the real world we should stand up, and we should speak up, we should get informed and we should share what we know.

"I really like what Mikela was saying about the current presidential race, and the crazy opinions people share in the media, especially in social media, the crazy things on Facebook. Teachers can help students make sense of those opinions, and move beyond opinions to informed positions with Letters to the Next President."

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