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Filled with insights on writing and the teaching of writing, NWP books and other publications stimulate innovative thinking about classroom practice, professional development for teachers of writing, and much more.

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Reading, Thinking, and Writing About History: Teaching Argument Writing to Diverse Learners in the Common Core Classroom, Grades 6-12
Reading, Thinking, and Writing About History is a practical guide that presents six research-tested historical investigations along with all corresponding teaching materials and tools that have improved the historical thinking and argumentative writing of academically diverse students. More ›

The First Year of Teaching: Classroom Research to Increase Student Learning
In this compelling look at first-year teachers' practice in urban schools, editors Jabari Mahiri and Sarah Warshauer Freedman demonstrate how a program of systematic classroom research by teachers themselves enables them to effectively target instruction and improve their own practice. More ›

Writing and Teaching to Change the World: Connecting with Our Most Vulnerable Students
Perfect for use in teacher preparation courses and professional learning groups, Writing and Teaching to Change the World shows what critical pedagogy looks like and identifies the conditions needed for it to emerge in the K–12 classroom. More ›

Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom: The Digital Media + Learning Research Hub Report Series on Connected Learning
This new collection published by the Digital Media + Learning Research Hub, was edited by a group of National Writing Project educators and takes examples of practice that teachers have shared online—at the NWP Digital Is website—and curates them into a larger collection. This collection, unique in its focus on in-school work, explores the principles of Connected Learning woven throughout classroom work and practices. More ›

Writing Instruction That Works: Proven Methods for Middle and High School Classrooms
Backed by solid research, Writing Instruction That Works—by Arthur N. Applebee and Judith A. Langer—answers the following questions: What is writing instruction today and what can it be tomorrow? This up-to-date, comprehensive book identifies areas of concern for the ways that writing is being taught in today's secondary schools. More ›

Reading in a Participatory Culture
This book crosses the divide between digital literacies and traditional print culture to engage a generation of students who can read with a book in one hand and a mouse in the other. More ›

A Critical Inquiry Framework for K–12 Teachers
Vivid portraits of K–12 classrooms illustrate how teachers used a human rights framework to engage students in critical inquiry of relevant social issues, such as immigration rights, religious tolerance, racial equality, and more. More ›

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