National Writing Project
Summary: The National Writing Project (NWP) is a professional development network that serves teachers of writing at all grade levels, primary through university, and in all subjects. The mission of the NWP is to improve student achievement by improving the teaching of writing and improving learning in the nations schools.
(Originally Aired December 13, 2012): In this episode of NWP Radio we spend an hour with Mike Rose—a professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies—discussing his newest work Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education, a look at nontraditional students, community colleges, and why everyone deserves a chance at an education that ignites the mind.
(Originally Aired November 22, 2012): This Thanksgiving evening special includes "thank you" messages, from Writing Project colleagues, recorded live at the 2012 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Hear their thoughtful words for those that have had a significant impact in their professional lives.
(Originally Aired: November 8, 2012): In this episode we celebrated National Novel Writing Month by talking to our friends at the Office of Letters and Light who administer NaNoWriMo, about the program in general, and about NaNoWriMo in the classroom. We also talked with California middle school teacher Laura Bradley about her students" participation in this exciting project.
(Originally Aired: 10/25/12): In this episode we talk with Michael Smith, Jeff Wilhelm, and Jim Fredricksen, authors of three recently released books about teaching writing in ways that help students exceed the Common Core State Standards. Smith, Wilhelm, and Fredricksen, who were also the 2012 NWP Annual Meeting keynote speakers, talk about their work and the role of the standards in educational policy and practice.
(Originally Aired: 10/11/12): Ever wonder what a writing class of 90 students would look like? Chris Fosen and Kim Jaxon, professors in the writing program at CSU, Chico, talk designing and teaching a "jumbo" section of the required first-year college composition course. Mentors in the classroom and the use of a variety of social media create a vibrant learning space for all students.
(Originally Aired: 09/27/12): In this episode, Ellen Middaugh of the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG), Stan Pesick of the Bay Area Writing Project, and OUSD teachers Patrick Friedman and Jah-Yee Woo discuss their work developing curriculum and opportunities that will allow high school students across the district to engage critically in civic and political life. The project, funded by the S.D. Bechtel Foundation and titled "Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age," is a multi-year effort—the largest of its kind in the nation—aimed at infusing a civic engagement focus into the OUSD high school experience.
The National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), of which NWP is a founding stakeholder organization, aims to provide support to and compile evidence about how educators working in cross-disciplinary teams design and implement plans to support literacy learners in every classroom. Listen to this episode to hear about the National Center for Literacy Education and learn how you can get involved through the Literacy in Learning Exchange.
In this episode, join members of the Mozilla Foundation (the folks behind the Firefox web browser) and NWP teachers as they explore what it means to be "web literate" and the tools and opportunities that have been created to support web making practices in schools and communities today.
Listen in on a conversation with Kimberly Hill Campbell and Kristi Latimer, authors of Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay. These authors claim, "If we want our students to be more engaged, skilled writers, we need to move beyond the five-paragraph essay," and we"ll hear from them about why and how middle school and high school teachers can do just that.
This NWP Radio focuses on teacher leadership. Listen to teacher-leaders from several Writing Project sites reflect on their work as leaders of other teachers in their schools, districts, and beyond, and why they are passionate about what they have chosen to do.
Hear what"s happening with writing on our nation"s campuses with three faculty guests. This show focuses on writing in the major, in upper division courses, and in general education content area courses. Our guests for this show have extensive experience working with faculty who teach writing in their disciplines and have insight into the wide variety of genres.
In this episode of NWP Radio, we spend the hour talking about the relationship of writing to athletic performance and learning. We are joined by Rich Kent—director of the University of Maine Writing Project and author of Writing on the Bus: Using Athletic Team Notebooks and Journals to Advance Learning and Performance in Sports—as well as several teachers, coaches, and athletes.
This show introduces Youth Voices, a customized school-based social network started by a group of National Writing Project teachers. We visit with Paul Allison, Chris Sloan, Carla Cherry, and Jim Nordlinger who use Youth Voices with their own students and focus on both the possibilities of and resources for supporting interest-driven writing in connected ways.
In this episode of NWP Radio, join the editors of What Teaching Means: Stories from America"s Classrooms, as well as several teacher-consultants/authors whose essays are featured in the text. We discuss the book, hear some essays from it, and talk about its audiences and uses in writing project work.
This special edition of NWP Radio features site directors Jessica Early, Central Arizona Writing Project, and Matt Luskey, Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, who talk about recent fundraising successes. They are joined by Susan Freundlich, NWP"s Director of Advancement, who shares how to craft a persuasive presentation about Writing Project site work, and tools and resources available online.