National Writing Project

NWP National Program Leaders Hold September Meeting

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 7, No. 5
Date: November-December 2002


Back row (left to right): Michell Rogge-Gannon, Dana Dusbiber, Karen McComas, Shirley Brown, Tom Fox, Pat Fox, Marci Resnick, and Ruth Devlin. Front row (left to right): Ellen Brinkley, Norma Mota-Altman, Carol Tateishi, and Liz Simons.


The leaders of National Writing Project national programs met on September 12 and 13 in Berkeley, California. The NWP National Program Leaders (NPL) are the chairs and coordinators of major cross-site projects and events that take place throughout the year. The group includes the special-focus network chairs Norma Mota-Altman and Dana Dusbiber for the English Language Learners Network, Ruth Devlin and Shirley Brown for the Teacher Inquiry Communities Network, Ellen Brinkley for the Rural Sites Network, and Marci Resnick for the Urban Sites Network; as well as the coordinators of initiatives and events Marci Resnick for the New-Teachers Initiative, Pat Fox for the Teacher Exchange Program, Carol Tateishi for the Professional Writing Retreat, Tom Fox for the Project Outreach Network, Karen McComas and Michell Rogge-Gannon for the Electronic Design Team and the Technology Liaison Project, and Liz Simons for the NWP at Work monograph series.

The leaders meet as a group twice a year. In addition to the September meeting, they also meet in conjunction with the NWP Spring Meeting. The fall meeting marks an important occasion to begin budget and calendar planning and review the array of activities launched by these national programs in the spring and summer.

The September meeting followed on the heels of a particularly busy spring and summer for program activity. During the meeting, leaders shared the highlights of this work with other leaders and NWP staff who were in attendance, and out of this sprang ideas that informed program planning for the year ahead. As well, program budgets were developed and leadership meetings scheduled. Special anticipation turned toward the 2002 NWP Annual Meeting in Atlanta, where national program work will be shared in conversation, workshops, and special events.

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