National Writing Project

Statement in Support of Introduction of AIM Higher Act

For Immediate Release


Berkeley, CA, July 24, 2018 — Teaching is a vocation, and educators need high-quality, evidence-based preparation and ongoing professional development to be the effective teachers they want to be. The National Writing Project enthusiastically endorses the provisions of the AIM Higher Act that recognize the importance of supporting prospective, novice, and practicing educators in comprehensive literacy instruction. What students need to know and be able to do to be ready for higher education, work, and civic life is constantly evolving. It is clear, however, that all citizens need advanced literacy skills in order to think critically as well as to access new information and technologies. As an organization committed to helping youth become successful writers and learners, we look forward to working with lawmakers who share our commitment and who want to improve the preparation and supports for the teaching workforce as the process of reauthorizing the Higher Education Act continues.

Attributed to Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, Executive Director, National Writing Project

Through its mission, the National Writing Project (NWP) focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to help youth become successful writers and learners. NWP supports a network of local Writing Project sites, located on nearly 200 university and college campuses, to provide high-quality professional development in schools, universities, libraries, museums, and after-school programs. Through its many successful programs and partnerships, the organization reaches 1.4 million Pre-K through college-age students in over 3,000 school districts annually. NWP envisions a future where every person is an accomplished writer, engaged learner, and active participant in a digital, interconnected world.

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