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Stories of Impact: The On-Site Work of the New York City Writing Project

Elaine Avidon
This ebook is a collection of essays, chronicling the work and impact of the New York City Writing Project's on-site teacher-consultant program. Since 1981, the program has placed full-time teacher-consultants in schools across New York City to work closely with teachers through planning lessons, team teaching, coaching, and providing resources, as well as working directly with administrators to advance support for writing instruction. More ›

Formative Assessment as a Compass: Looking at Student Work as an Intentional Part of On-Going Professional Development

June 2014
With a main purpose of presenting ways that intentional review of student work can be a guide in professional development, Formative Assessment as a Compass, by Beth Rimer and Terri McAvoy, also offers ways for professional development leaders to help teachers plan lessons that fit their classrooms and students. The book starts with a definition of formative assessment and the connection between assessment and student work and goes on to offer strategies for when and how to notice what's going on with students for the purpose of moving them forward as writers. More ›

Contemporary Literacies Beyond the Classroom: A Teacher Seeks Out Participatory Culture

New Jersey English Journal, April 2014
High school English teacher Lauren Goldberg chronicles her experience developing her own contemporary literacies and making professional learning connections online—and how it has informed her teaching practice. More ›

Imagining the Possibilities: Improving the Teaching of Writing Through Teacher-Led Inquiry

English Leadership Quarterly, April 2014
Jessica Early
Teachers in Phoenix, AZ improved their practice by participating in a teacher-led inquiry group of Writing Project fellows, collaborating on a curriculum framework for college- and career-ready writing. More ›

Understand the Art of Ending a Meeting

JSD, August 2012
Robert J. Garmston, author of the column "Group Wise," offers useful techniques to improve the quality of professional meetings. When teacher-leaders and others who support professional groups don't attend to endings, Garmston says, efficacy and energy tend to dissipate. "Closing a meeting well requires as much purposefulness and art as opening a meeting." More ›

The WAC Journal: Research and Ideas in Writing Across the Curriculum

July 2012
The WAC Journal continues the conversation on writing across the curriculum with their November 2011 issue and provides a collection of articles by educators exchanging practical ideas, pertinent theory, and their WAC experiences. More ›

Summer Sessions in Digital Media and Learning

Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning, June 2012
A collection of digital learning opportunities are available this summer, including online sessions at the Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) and curated resources at the National Writing Project's Digital Is website. More ›

Elizabeth Fuller: Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year

June 2012
Tiffany Chiao
Louisville Writing Project teacher-consultant Elizabeth Fuller, named the 2012 Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year, discusses the impact of the Writing Project on her teaching. More ›

Digital Directions in Professional Development

Language Arts, June 2012
Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, Cindy O'Donnell-Allen
Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, NWP Director of National Programs and Site Development for the National Writing Project, and Cindy O'Donnell-Allen, Colorado State University Writing Project Director, discuss advances in digital learning and "share their thoughts about how teachers can cultivate technological knowledge and practices as they design classrooms for digital learners." More ›

Teachers Teaching Teachers Achieves 300th Broadcast Milestone

May 2012
Paul Oh
Paul Allison of the New York City Writing Project has been hosting a version of the weekly web radio program Teachers Teaching Teachers (TTT) since 2006. May 30, 2012, marks the 300th episode of TTT, a remarkable achievement in the educational technology landscape. More ›

California English: Professional Development That Matters

May 2012
The winter 2012 issue of California English invites teacher-leaders to reflect on their professional development practices and attend CATE2012, a conference designed to let participants share their experiences, learn from each other, and explore promising teaching practices. More ›

Getting It in Writing: Quests to Become Outstanding and Effective Writing Teachers

April 2012
In this foreword to Deborah M. Stankevich's Getting It in Writing: Quests to Become Outstanding and Effective Writing Teachers, Northwest Arkansas Writing Project Director Christian Z. Goering discusses his early experiences with the Writing Project and how it shaped him as a teacher. More ›

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