advocating for the National Writing Project (NWP)Posted: May 24, 2011
If you haven’t yet explored the amazing network and resources of the National Writing Project (NWP), I urge you to dip into your final days of spring break and find time to waltz and wallow in what they have to offer. Of particular interest to our curriculum group is their newly launched “Digital Is” site, focusing specifically on the integration of technology.
“The NWP Digital Is website is a teaching-focused knowledge base exploring the art and craft of writing, the teaching and learning of writing, along with ideas that provoke us to think in new ways about education and culture in the digital age.”
Oh, and Congress recently voted to cut their funding. Scream, yell, advocate! ; )
Here is what some people are writing and saying about how this group of distributed, connected professionals has changed their teaching and impacted their students … the #blog4nwp archive.
While focused primarily on K12 settings, their ideas for engaging learners with authentic writing experiences are broadly applicable.
“The National Writing Project (NWP) is a nationwide network of educators working together to improve the teaching of writing in the nation’s schools and in other settings. NWP provides high-quality professional development programs to teachers in a variety of disciplines and at all levels, from early childhood through university. Through its network of more than two hundred university-based sites located in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, NWP develops the leadership, programs, and research needed for teachers to help students become successful writers and learners.
Support for the National Writing Project is provided by the U.S. Department of Education, foundations, corporations, universities, and K–12 schools.”
CALL-related RESOURCE: The National Writing Project (NWP) sponsors five or six “discussions” (currently in the form of email lists); the one for Technology Liasons (but open to anyone) is particularly rich with ideas and practical advice: http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/doc/programs/sfn/discussions.csp. (It’s also relatively high volume, so I filter it out of my main in-box and selectively browse it when I have a bit of time).
- NWP on the web — a full-page listing of web-based ways to learn and connect with the National Writing Project
- NWP YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/NatlWritingProject
- NWP resources on Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/nationalwritingproject
- NWP on facebook: http://twitter.com/writingproject
- NWP on twitter: http://twitter.com/writingproject
- NWP bookgroup network: http://nwpbookgroups.ning.com/
- NWP Radio on blogtalkradio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nwp_radio
- NWP on Flickr (images from events): http://www.flickr.com/photos/writingproject
Get the idea?!