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WNYC Puts Student Letters to the Next President on the Airwaves (November 7, 2016)

WNYC's The Takeaway
WNYC's daily news program The Takeaway featured students from Excelsior Academy in Newburgh, New York reading their letters to the next president. More ›

Western Pennyslvania Teacher-Consultant Inspires 'Positivity In The Classroom During An Election That's Anything But' (November 2, 2016)

90.5 WESA
Western Pennsylvania Writing Project teacher-consultant Michelle King used the election to engage her middle schoolers in conversation and understanding across differences. More ›

West Albany Students Write "Argument With Purpose" to the Next President (October 28, 2016)

Albany Democrat-Herald
Students at West Albany High School write letters to the next president, practicing their argument writing while gaining a sense of empowerment. More ›

Morehead Writing Project 'Unleashes' Teen Writers at Teen Writers' Day Out (October 24, 2016)

The Morehead News
Students wrote, collaborated, and shared their work with an enthusiastic crowd at the Teen Writers' Day Out, hosted by the Morehead Writing Project. More ›

Progress Continues on New Writing Project Site at Montana State University, Billings (September 30, 2016)

Billings Gazette
The National Writing Project's Rachel Bear visited Billings, Montana to continue planning for the NWP's newest site, the Elk River Writing Project. The site held its first Summer Institute this summer, and is working to officially join the NWP. More ›

School District Honored for Writing Project Work with University of West Florida (September 29, 2016)

Pensacola News Journal
The University of West Florida (UWF) College of Education honored the Escambia County School District, in part for its crucial role in helping UWF establish a new National Writing Project site in 2015. More ›

LRNG Grant Fuels Connected Learning Opportunities for Incarcerated Youth in Nashville (September 28, 2016)

Unsung Nashville
Raemona Little Taylor and the Nashville Public Library are using their LRNG Innovators Challenge Grant to give incarcerated youth a chance to explore music and video production. More ›

Borderlands Writing Project Showcases Teachers to Local Community (September 23, 2016)

New Mexico State University News Center
The Borderlands Writing Project at New Mexico State University shares its work with the community, showcasing teachers' writing and photography, as well as screening a documentary showcasing the site's professional development work and hosting a question and answer session. More ›

After-school Workshop Gives Teens a Chance to Write Letters to the Next President (September 21, 2016)

Billings Gazette
Writer Ashley Warren leads Billings, MT youth in an after-school workshop focused on researching and composing strong argumentative letters to the next president in written and multimedia formats. More ›

Nebraska Writing Project Offers Writing Workshop for Veterans and Active Duty Personnel (September 6, 2016)

The Grand Island Independent
The Nebraska Writing Project has partnered with Humanities Nebraska and the Grand Island Public Library to offer writing workshops for veterans and active duty military personnel to help them build their writing skills. More ›

Santa Cruz Writes Ignites Imaginations with Funding From the LRNG Innovators Challenge Grant (August 31, 2016)

Santa Cruz Sentinel
The new Chamber of Heart and Mystery sparks the imagination of younger writers at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, thanks to Santa Cruz Writes and funding from our LRNG Innovators Challenge Grant. More ›

Students Can Now Publish Their Letters to the Next President (August 30, 2016)

EdWeek
From now until November 8th, letters2president.org will publish students' letters to the next president, providing youth with a chance to practice argumentative writing skills, and to make their voices heard on the issues that matter to them. More ›

Kentucky Teacher-Consultant Receives Statewide Education Innovation Award (August 9, 2016)

UKNow
Long-time teacher-consultant and University of Kentucky doctoral student Margaret Brewer has received the Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award, awarded each year to a Kentucky history or civics teacher who brings creativity, passion, and expertise to the teaching of social studies. More ›

Rejuvenated Wyoming Writing Project Takes Professional Development on the Road (July 21, 2016)

The Laramie Boomerang
The Wyoming Writing Project, resurrected two years ago by teacher-consultant turned PhD student Tia Frahm, is touring the state this summer providing day long professional development programming for K-12 teachers. More ›

College-Ready Writers Program Drives Growth for Students and Teachers in Southern Mississippi (July 18, 2016)

Southern Miss NOW
The teacher-leaders of the South Mississippi Writing Project have seen big benefits from the College-Ready Writers Program; for their own growth as well as their students. More ›

Letters to the Next President 2.0 Supports Election Engagement (July 12, 2016)

Education World
Letters to the Next President 2.0, from the National Writing Project, offers teachers a way to safely bring the presidential election into the classroom, supporting youth in voicing their opinions on the issues that matter to them. More ›

Northwest Indiana Writing Project Focuses Summer Institute on Preparing College Writers (June 30, 2016)

NWI Times
This year's Northwest Indiana Writing Project Summer Institute focuses on supporting teachers in dual-credit high school programs, who are tasked with teaching argumentation and writing at an introductory college level. More ›

Long-time Director Passes the Torch at Indiana University Southeast Writing Project's Summer Institute (June 29, 2016)

IU Southeast Now
After 14 years of transforming writing instruction in schools around the region, Dr. Kevin Sue Bailey, founding director of the Indiana University Southeast Writing Project, is stepping down, passing the torch to her colleague Dr. Mary Ann Parker. More ›

Central Arizona Teachers Sharpen Their Argument Writing and Teaching at Summer Institute (June 17, 2016)

ASU Now
Thanks to a College-Ready Writers Program grant, the Central Arizona Writing Project has devoted its 2016 Summer Institute to improving participants' abilities to teach, and write, arguments. More ›

Oregon Writing Project Thrives in New Home (June 15, 2016)

The Newberg Graphic
The Oregon Writing Project enters its second summer at George Fox University, which became its home in September 2014 after the closure of Willamette University's Graduate School of Education. In addition to holding a Summer Institute in Newberg, where GFU is located, the OWP continues to offer an Institute in their old home in Salem. More ›

Northwest Arkansas Writing Project Sponsors Young Writers Camps (June 15, 2016)

University of Arkansas: News
The Northwest Arkansas Writing Project is providing no-cost Young Writers Camps to high-poverty schools in two Arkansas towns this summer. The camps use a wide variety of activities to provide an experience that is both fun and beneficial. More ›

South Coast Writing Project Offers English Language Learners Support With Summer Writing Camps (June 7, 2016)

Ventura Edhat
The South Coast Writing Project has partnered with the Oxnard School District to provide 250 students with a no-cost Young Writers Camp this summer. The camps will serve students entering grades 3-8, and will focus on meeting the needs of English Language Learners. More ›

Seven Valleys Writing Project Brings New Digital Elements to Summer Institute (June 6, 2016)

SUNY Cortland News
Teachers attending the Seven Valleys Writing Project's Summer Institute at SUNY Cortland will be spending the entire second week of the program outside of the classroom as part of the Institute's new hybrid format, which also includes a heavy emphasis on digital tools and publishing. More ›

Central Arizona Writing Project's Young Adult Writing Program Impresses (June 1, 2016)

Raising Arizona Kids
The CAWP's summer writing camp, held on the campus of Arizona State University, helps students explore the possibilities of writing beyond school with introduction to new genres and high quality instruction and coaching. More ›

Maine Site Director Sees Many Benefits of Writing for Student-Athletes (June 1, 2016)

Maine Public Broadcasting Network
English teacher and soccer coach Richard Kent, also the former director of the University of Maine Writing Project, sees improvements in both writing and on-field performance from student-athletes who keep activity journals. Kent, who is also a professor of literacy at the University of Maine, has written several guides for getting student-athletes to write, including Writing on the Bus and The Athlete's Workbook. More ›

Teens Recognized For Participation in College-Ready Writers Program (May 29, 2016)

The T&D
South Carolina's Upstate Writing Project recognized six teens for their outstanding participation in the National Writing Project's College-Ready Writers Program. More ›

Northwestern State University Writing Project Shares News of Positive Impact With College-Ready Writers Program Study Participants (May 23, 2016)

Nachitoches Parish Journal
The Northwestern State University Writing Project, one of the twelve sites who participated in the independent assessment of the National Writing Project's College-Ready Writers Program, shared the news of the study's results with its partner schools. More ›

Writing Project Site Bolstered by Results of College-Ready Writers Program Study (May 23, 2016)

University at Albany: News Center
Capitol District Writing Project, one of 12 sites participating in NWP's College-Ready Writers Program for the past three years, is excited—but not surprised—by the results of a recent study confirming the program's effectiveness. More ›

National Writing Project Awards 2015 LRNG Innovators Challenge Grant to Sitka Youth Program (March 30, 2016)

Alaska Native News
Story Lab, a storytelling and creative writing program for youth in Sitka, AL and one of the 11 recipients of a 2015 LRNG Innovators Challenge Grant, is profiled in this article. NWP awards the grant with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and John Legend's Show Me Campaign. More ›

Crowdfunding Revives Western Massachusetts Writing Project's Youth Writing Adventure (March 29, 2016)

Daily Hampshire Gazette
Ten years after going dormant as a result of budget cuts, Western Massachusetts Writing Project's youth program has returned, offering 144 elementary and high school students a day of writing workshops thanks to a successful crowd-funding campaign. More ›

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