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James Harvey to Address NWP Spring Meeting

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 8, No. 2
Date: March-April 2003

Summary: James Harvey, author of A NATION AT RISK and a forthcoming report from the National Commission on Writing in America's Schools and Colleges, is the keynote speaker at the NWP Spring Meeting, April 4, 2003, in Washington, D.C.


Prominent education writer James Harvey will be the keynote speaker at the 2003 National Writing Project Spring Meeting Friday session to be held on the morning of April 4 at the Washington Court Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Harvey, author of the notable 1983 education report A Nation at Risk from the National Commission on Excellence in Education, will discuss his work as principal author of a report to be issued this spring by the National Commission on Writing in America's Schools and Colleges. The report focuses on the status of writing instruction in the nation's schools and the direction it needs to take.

In addition to his work as a writer and editor, Harvey has served in education-related positions as varied as staff director for an education subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives and coordinator for the Danforth Foundation's Forum for the American School Superintendent. Currently, he is a fellow of the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.

Harvey's talk will be followed by roundtable discussions for NWP Spring Meeting participants. Discussions will focus on such topics as academic writing, writing about classroom practice, and programs for new teachers.

In addition to Thursday's activities on Capitol Hill (see Legislative Update, page 6), events scheduled in connection with the spring meeting include a reception the evening of April 2 at the Washington Court Hotel and a gathering the following night at the Smithsonian Postal Museum. For spring meeting registration and other information, visit


Link to an online version of the influential 1983 report,  A Nation At Risk: The Imperative For Educational Reform, available from the U.S. Department of Education.


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