National Writing Project

Joan Cone Receives 1997 Fred Hechinger Award

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 2, No. 2
Date: Fall 1997

Summary: Joan Cone, a high school teacher from El Cerrito, California, was the first recipient of the annual Fred Hechinger Award. The award is given for demonstrating significant connections between research and practice.


Joan Cone, a teacher at El Cerrito High School in El Cerrito, California, and a Bay Area Writing Project teacher-consultant (1988), has won the first Fred Hechinger Award. The award was given to Joan for her work in "Demonstrating significant connections between research and practice through her classroom practice, workshop presentations, and professional writing."

A national committee of NWP site directors, teacher-consultants, and former researchers from the Center for the Study of Writing (CSW) reviewed nominations for about a dozen teacher researchers from across the country before choosing Joan for the award this fall.

Joan will receive her award at the NWP Annual Meeting in Detroit on November 21.

The Fred Hechinger Award honors the late New York Times correspondent and former co-chair of CSW's National Advisory Board.

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