National Writing Project

NWP Radio Archive

Date: 2013

Summary: Miss an episode of NWP Radio? Find it here in this archive of NWP Radio, a program provided as an information resource to leaders of National Writing Project sites.


Future Ready Schools

February 26, 2015
NWP is a coalition partner of Future Ready, an initiative by the US Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education. But what does it mean to be "Future Ready" for your site and school communities? This NWP Radio episode is meant to support sites in understanding the goals of Future Ready for districts and to hear from NWP educators across the country who are working on local, state, and national levels to craft system-wide approaches to professional learning as schools adopt new technology. More ›

Spring Meeting 2015: Teacher Leadership in Action

February 12, 2015
On this episode of NWP Radio, we previewed plans for the 2015 NWP Spring Meeting in Washington, DC, March 25–27, which included a focus on how teachers in the NWP network embody leadership in their classrooms and schools, and through their professional learning collaborations and partnerships. More ›

Playing with Stories: An Interview with Kevin Cordi

January 8, 2015
Teacher, Columbus Area Writing Project co-director, and storyteller, Kevin Cordi, talks to NWP Radio about the value of play in creating stories, and shares ideas from his book, Playing With Stories: Story Crafting for Storytellers, Writers, Teachers and Other Imaginative Thinkers. More ›

The Art of the College Essay

December 11, 2014
Join Gabrielle Glancy, author of The Art of the College Essay and editor of Best College Admissions Essays 2014, as well as three student college essay writers in this episode of NWP Radio. Hear some award winning college essays, interviews with their authors, and a conversation with Glancy about her work with young people in the college admissions process. More ›

Writing and Teaching to Change the World

November 13, 2014
This show is focused on the narrative inquiry process and findings from a year-long Teacher Inquiry Community supported by the National Writing Project. Specifically, the guests focus on what readers can find in their published book, Writing and Teaching to Change the World: Connecting with our Most Vulnerable Students. More ›

Interconnections: Understanding Systems Through Digital Design

October 23, 2014
This episode of NWP Radio celebrates the launch of a curriculum series called, Interconnections: Understanding Systems Through Digital Design, developed collaboratively by designers and educators from the National Writing Project alongside colleagues from Indiana University's Creativity Labs, the Institute of Play, and the Digital Youth Network. More ›

Sound of a Wild Snail Eating: The Story of a Snail, a Scientist, and a Writer

October 9, 2014
An interview with Elisabeth Tova Bailey, author of The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, and Timothy Pearce, assistant curator of mollusks and head of the mollusk section at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. More ›

Not Just a Collection of Dusty Boxes: The NWP Archives Project

September 25, 2014
Learn more about the NWP Archives Project, which will construct a living and usable history of our NWP. In addition to explaining the project, this show includes a segment featuring the voices of Writing Project teacher-consultants and directors sharing reflections on their own Writing Project experience and what the Writing Project means to them. NWP leaders who have donated to support the Archives Project also talk about what compelled them to give. More ›

Poem Central: An Interview with Shirley McPhillips

September 11, 2014
In this interview with Shirley McPhillips, author of Poem Central: Word Journeys with Readers and Writers, McPhillips discusses her life with poetry and her work with youth as readers and makers of poems. More ›

A Park in Your Backyard—Summer Youth Programs & More at the National Park

August 28, 2014
When teacher-leaders at a National Writing Project site and like-minded park rangers from a nearby National Park collaborate to develop youth programs, deep learning happens. Listen to an engaging conversation with four teams who have partnered to develop meaningful opportunities for young people as they reshape their relationship to place through writing in historic sites. More ›

Amy Clark: Language, Identity, and Learning in Talking Appalachian

August 14, 2014
This interview with Amy Clark, director of the Appalachian Writing Project and co-editor of Talking Appalachian: Voice Identity and Community, is a conversation about language, identity, and learning. With contributions from well-known authors such as George Ella Lyon and Silas House, Talking Appalachian has been called the most comprehensive, accessible study of Appalachian language available today. More ›

Family Academic Literacy Projects: Live from Design Institute

July 24, 2014
Recorded live from the Family Academic Literacy Project Design Institute in Memphis, Tennessee, listen to Writing Project colleagues discuss ideas and plans for improving young English Learners' academic literacy learning through the development of family academic literacy projects. More ›

Uncommon Core

July 10, 2014
Jeff Wilhelm, Michael Smith, and Deborah Appleman discuss Uncommon Core, their book about the misunderstandings surrounding "standards-aligned" instruction, and strategies for avoiding them in service of meeting the intent of the Common Core. More ›

Finding Your Way with Formative Assessment

June 26, 2014
A conversation with Terri McAvoy, Prairie Lands Writing Project, and Beth Rimer, Ohio Writing Project, who explore formative assessment as a way to guide professional development, drawing on their new eBook, Formative Assessment as a Compass. They were joined by Kim Douillard, director of the San Diego Writing Project. More ›

Responsive Teacher Inquiry and Innovation in Teaching ELA with Diverse Learners

June 12, 2014
An in-depth look at one preservice teacher program and its use of teacher research as a way of inducting new teachers into the profession. More ›

What Does Teacher Leadership Look Like at Writing Project Sites?

May 22, 2014
In this episode, teacher-consultants at several Writing Project sites discuss their experiences as leaders of site programs, leadership teams, and professional development. We explore their contributions and why they are passionate about the work they do. More ›

A Summer to Make, Play & Connect

May 8, 2014
Summer means vacation for some, but for many others, it marks a time of making, playing, and connecting. Beginning this June, educators around the country and the world will be taking part in a Summer to Make, Play & Connect, powered by Educator Innovator and the Mozilla Foundation's Maker Party 2014. Listen to this episode to learn more about this summer campaign and the many opportunities being offered to all educators. More ›

What Is Your Site Reading for the 2014 Invitational Summer Institute?

April 24, 2014
The inaugural NWP Radio show in 2010 focused on this question. Four years later, we again asked NWP sites to talk about what their sites are going to be reading together in Summer Institutes around the country. We also took up questions about what has changed and stayed the same as the Common Core Standards have come online and ever more content is available digitally. More ›

Connected Learning at Writing Project Sites and Communities

April 10, 2014
This episode explores Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom, an exciting, new eBook edited and curated by a group of National Writing Project educators, published in March 2014 by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub. The book is sourced from examples of classroom practice originally shared at the NWP Digital Is website, and is unique in its focus on in-school work and the Connected Learning principles. Listen as Writing Project educators and leaders share potential implications for site work and practices. More ›

Writing a More Just Future: The 2014 USN Conference in Chicago

March 27, 2014
This broadcast featured site-leaders from the Illinois Writing Project, hosts of the Urban Sites Network Conference in Chicago. They provided an outline of events and a preview of opportunities for learning and connecting at the conference, scheduled to take place April 25-26, 2014. More ›

Science Out of School

March 13, 2014
In this episode we discussed the possibilities and potential, as well as the challenges, of bringing STEM education into out-of-school settings. Out-of-school practitioners, who are part of the National After School Matters Fellowship hosted at the Puget Sound Writing Project, shared their practitioner research projects. More ›

Bringing CLMOOC Back Home

February 27, 2014
Making Learning Connected (#clmooc) was a Massive Open Online Collaboration that drew more than a thousand participants last summer. What, though, happened after the summer? How was the CLMOOC experience translated into classrooms and Writing Project sites? Listen to this conversation with participants from CLMOOC who will provide insight into what Making Learning Connected looks like at the local level. More ›

Thrive: Five Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching

February 13, 2014
In this episode we interview Meenoo Rami—Philadelphia Writing Project teacher-consultant, high school teacher, founder and host of #engchat, and the author of Thrive: Five Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching. More ›

Making Professional Development Work in Challenging Times

January 23, 2014
A number of National Writing Project sites are currently engaged in long-term professional development in schools around the country. Join us for a discussion with sites on lessons learned about how to provide relevant professional development, as well as a look at a new ebook on the topic, Intentional Honor, by Tonya Perry, director of the Red Mountain Writing Project. More ›

Learning at the Library: Professional Development at the Library of Congress

January 9, 2014
It's never too early to start filling your summer professional calendar. On this NWP Radio episode, we hear about summer learning institutes for teachers—offered at the Library of Congress—from Writing Project teacher-consultants who attended last year. We also learn about the fantastic local Writing Project work that stemmed from that experience. More ›

Acceleration and Agency in Disciplinary Literacies

December 12, 2013
In this episode, we interviewed Bob Moses, founder of the Algebra Project. A discussion followed with Writing Project directors and teacher-consultants who have been collaborating to focus on students struggling in the bottom quartile. We discussed what we have been learning about acceleration versus remediation, the development of identity and agency, and the power of focusing together on learners least well-served by current systems. More ›

Exploring Partnerships for Literacy Learning

November 14, 2013
Writing Project site leaders around the country are looking for ways to join forces with like-minded collaborators to provide learning opportunities for teachers and students. In this episode of NWP Radio, we heard from Writing Project site leaders about some innovative approaches to educational partnerships that are working locally. More ›

Reading in a Participatory Culture

October 24, 2013
This show brought together authors of Reading in a Participatory Culture (2012) and the complementary digital book Flows of Reading to discuss what it means to be a reader and writer in an increasingly participatory culture. Both books exemplify an expanded concept of the term "text" and model a new type of reader—one who reads across different media and understands reading as an act of sharing, deconstructing, and making meaning. We hope this opens a conversation about what "counts" as reading and all the kinds of reading we perform in our everyday lives. More ›

#write2connect: The 2013 National Day on Writing

October 10, 2013
How does writing today facilitate connections among ideas? People? Disciplines? The response to these questions were the focus of this year's National Day on Writing, celebrated on October 21 with a Tweetup utilizing the hashtag #write2connect. We talked with Millie Davis of the National Council of Teachers of English, Grant Faulkner of National Novel Writing Month, and leaders from local writing project sites as they discussed the genesis of #write2connect. More ›

Connected Educator Month is Coming!

September 26, 2013
"Take it from an educator—or thousands" is the call of this year's Connected Educator Month set for October 2013. A partner of the NWP through our Educator Innovator initiative, Connected Educator Month (CEM) seeks to broaden and deepen educator participation in online communities of practice and move towards a more fully connected and collaborative profession. This NWP Radio show explores what it means to be a connected educator in the 21st century, what the implications are for Writing Project sites today, and how to get involved in CEM in October and connect with the larger Educator Innovator initiative throughout the year. More ›

Teaching Writing in an Assessment Era: Passion and Practice

September 12, 2013
In this episode, we talk with directors and teacher-consultants from the San Jose Area Writing Project about their recently released book, Teaching Writing Grades 7-12 in an Era of Assessment: Passion and Practice.The authors discuss the book and their answers to two questions posed in the opening chapter: "Why might my students wish to engage in the performative actiivty of writing?" and "Why might they wish to engage in this practice with not just dogged persistence, but with genuine passion?" More ›

An Online Summer

August 8, 2013
We know that summer typically means face-to-face institutes occurring around the country. This summer we also saw an explosion of NWP-related activity in two online spaces: the E-Anthology and the Making Learning Connected Massive Open Online Collaboration (#clmooc). In this episode, site leaders explain the work at the center of these two spaces and describe their participation, and the participation of their site colleagues in these robust communities. More ›

A Conversation with Colleagues from South Africa

July 25, 2013
Three Writing Project sites were fortunate this summer to be hosts to educators from South Africa in their invitational summer institutes. Listen in for an opportunity to hear from our South African colleagues about their institute experience and how they expect to share what they are learning and doing with teachers in South Africa. More ›

Administrators' Roles in Successful Professional Development

July 11, 2013
It is a truism that supportive school administrators are critical to successful professional development. But what does "supportive" mean on a daily basis at the school? On this show, we hosted three pairs of Writing Project sites and their school administrators and talked about the variety of ways that school administrators help make professional development effective. More ›

Vision and Voice: Mentor Texts from The Best Teen Writing

June 27, 2013
Listeners to this show will hear great examples of writing from The Best Teen Writing, a collection of stories, essays, and poems written by teen authors awarded medals in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. We also feature teachers discussing a new online community, Vision and Voice, where teachers in grades 7–12 can share inspiration an ideas from The Best Teen Writing. More ›

NWP and the Summer of Making and Connecting

June 13, 2013
Summer is almost here and that means that the Summer of Making and Connecting is heating up! Listen to this episode of NWP Radio to hear about the summer's line-up and the various ways that educators around the country are writing, making, and sharing while putting Connected Learning principles into practice. Hear from colleagues from sites across the country who are both leading local work as well as facilitating in a variety of online spaces so that all may be involved. Guests include Paul Allison (NYCWP), Karen Fasimpaur (P2PU), Cindy O'Donnell-Allen (CSUWP), Paul Oh (NWP), and Stephanie West-Puckett (Tar River WP). More ›

SEED 3 Professional Development Program Design

June 6, 2013
Join National Writing Project site leaders in part two of this two-part, special edition of NWP Radio. Our guests reflect on lessons learned from a year of offering professional development in high-need schools. This show—and its partner show which aired on May 30, Creating a Culture for Learning in High-Needs Schools—provide food for thought for site teams planning professional development in 2013-14. More ›

Creating a Culture for Learning in High-Need Schools

May 30, 2013
Join National Writing Project site leaders on a two-part, special edition of NWP Radio as they reflect on lessons learned from a year of offering professional development in high-need schools. This show—and its partner show which aired on June 6, SEED 3 Professional Development Program Designs—provide food for thought for site teams planning professional development in 2013-14. More ›

Digital Citizenship Month

May 23, 2013
The month of May marks the first-ever Digital Citizenship Month in the state of California. Join guests from Common Sense Media and the California Writing Project as they discuss the genesis of Digital Citizenship Month and an array of associated resources that help educators and parents guide youth and their families to make informed choices—choices that enable them to act responsibly, safely, and ethically online. More ›

From Newsroom to Classroom

May 9, 2013
Join Matthew Green and Matt Williams of KQED, along with Chris Sloan of the Wasatch Range Writing Project and Kirsten Spall of the Area 3 Writing Project, as they discuss the various dimensions of Newsroom to Classroom, a pilot project in which pairs of NWP teachers from around the country develop resources and curriculum packages that focus on news topics. We'll also hear a student perspective on this opportunity to use digital tools to weigh in on the issues of our times. More ›

Living History: Reading, Writing, and Learning in a National Park

April 25, 2013
What happens when a NWP site teams up with a nearby National Park to create a learning experience for young people? Guests on this episode of NWP Radio talk about engaging summer youth programs for elementary and secondary students inspired by the rich treasures available inside a National Park. More ›

Using the U.N. Rights of the Child as a Critical Inquiry Framework

April 11, 2013
In this episode, listeners are introduced to the book, A Critical Inquiry Framework for K-12 Teachers, edited by JoBeth Allen and Lois Alexander. The book is a set of portraits from K-12 classrooms that illustrate how teachers used the U.N. Rights of the Child as a framework to engage students in critical inquiry of relevant social issues. More ›

Reading, Writing, and Mentor Texts: Imagining Possibilities

March 28, 2013
In this episode we discuss with our guests the many ways mentor texts support writers and inspire writing of all genres in the classroom and beyond. We also explore direct connections to learning across the disciplines and resources for identifying and finding mentor texts. More ›

How One Pen Changed the World: USN Conference in Birmingham

March 14, 2013
This broadcast features leaders from the Red Mountain Writing Project, hosts of the USN Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, April 25–27. They provide an outline of events and a preview of opportunities for learning and connections promised by the conference. More ›

Investing in Leadership: Student-Run Writing Centers

February 28, 2013
In this episode we talk to Writing Project site leaders, teachers, administrators, and students about student-run writing centers as centers of leadership development for administrators, teachers, and students. Learn how the Northern Virginia Writing Project is taking up support of writing centers as part of their core work in their service area. More ›

Reflections on the Memorial Library Summer Seminar
in NYC

February 14, 2013
The Memorial Library brings teachers to New York City for a seminar, every summer, dedicated to exploring creative and collaborative methods for teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides. This broadcast features a conversation with Dr. Sondra Perl, Director of the Holocaust Educators Network and a co-founder of the New York City Writing Project, and Jennifer Lemberg, Assistant Director of the Holocaust Educators Network. Also joining in are three recent graduates of the seminar—Tai Basurto, Carol Revelle, and Melissa Flanagan—teachers whose work with the group has deepened over time. More ›

NWP and Digital Learning Day

January 24, 2013
Special guests Kim Doulliard, Janet Ilko, Jeremy Hyler, and Joe Dillon share what they have planned in their classrooms and at their Writing Project sites for the 2013 Digital Learning Day. Our guests also talk about their varied approaches with technology in their own instructional practice year-round. More ›

Principals in the Mix in Content-Area Professional Development

January 10, 2013
How do principals go about learning enough about literacy to support content-area teachers' professional development? How can writing projects provide occasions for learning for administrators? What effect does administrator's learning have on the success of professional development beyond "being supportive"? Join NWP Radio for a discussion of how writing projects can involve administrators in professional development and how their knowledge can help increase the effectiveness of our work. More ›

Back to School: A Conversation with Mike Rose

December 13, 2012
In this episode, we spend an hour with Mike Rose, a professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the author of many books. We invited Mike to talk with us about his newest work: Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education. More ›

In Gratitude

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. More ›

National Novel Writing Month: NaNoWriMo in the Classroom

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. More ›

Exceeding the Core

October 25, 2012
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 are also slated to keynote the 2012 NWP Annual Meeting, will talk about their work and the role of the standards in educational policy and practice. More ›

Not Your Grandmother's Comp Class

October 11, 2012
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" comp class and the use of mentors and social media to create a vibrant learning space for all students. More ›

Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age

September 27, 2012
Join Ellen Middaugh of the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG), Stan Pesick of the Bay Area Writing Project, and Oakland (CA) Unified School District teachers Patrick Friedman and Jah-Yee Woo as they discuss their work with a multi-year project—the largest of its kind in the nation—aimed at infusing a civic engagement focus into the OUSD high school experience. More ›

NWP and the National Center for Literacy Education

September 20, 2012
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 learn how you can get involved through the Literacy in Learning Exchange. More ›

Thinking About Web Literacy, Making, and Sharing with Mozilla

September 13, 2012
In this episode, join Laura Hilliger and Doug Belshaw from the Mozilla Foundation—the folks behind the Firefox web browser—and Troy Hicks (Chippewa River Writing Project) and Janelle Q. Bence (North Star of Texas Writing Proejct) 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. More ›

Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay

August 23, 2012
Listen in on this 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." We talk with them about why and how middle school and high school teachers can do just that. More ›

Teachers Leading Teachers: Seeing Need and Making Change

August 9, 2012
This NWP Radio show focuses on teacher leadership. Listen in as 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. More ›

What is College Writing Today?

July 26, 2012
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. More ›

Writing on the Bus

July 12, 2012
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. More ›

Connected Learning with Youth Voices

June 28, 2012
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. More ›

What Teaching Means

June 14, 2012
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. More ›

Fundraising Tools and Strategies for Your Site: Reaching Out and Making Your Case

May 23, 2012
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. More ›

NWP Connect: Building Communities of Practice

May 17, 2012
Listen to a conversation with several site leaders who are building NWP Connect spaces that support, enhance, and develop communities of practice, both online and face-to-face. More ›

Habits of Heart, Mind, and Practice in the Engaged Classroom

May 10, 2012
This episode features Bob Fecho, director of the Red Clay Writing Project, and Ian Altman, Paige Cole, Angela Dean, and Lisa Hall—all Red Clay Writing Project teacher-consultants. We talk with them about dialogic teaching—what it is and how teachers can move toward more reflective teaching practices—as well as about the role of writing projects in this work. More ›

Poem in Your Pocket Day

April 26, 2012
In celebration of Poem in Your Pocket Day, this NWP Radio episode featured Joshua Mitchell, a youth poet at and Katie Robbins, Director of Educational Programming at Figment; Bud Hunt, teacher-consultant with the Colorado State University Writing Project; Chris Tsang and students from his Boston middle school; and Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of the Office of Letters and Light. More ›

CoLab Leadership Institute in Creativity and Innovation

April 24, 2012
Join Ralph Cordova of the Piasa Bluffs Writing Project and other colleagues of the Cultural Landscapes Collaboratory (The CoLab)—a creative collaboration across National Writing Project sites, museums, and informal community-based institutions—as they share the "roots and routes" of their 3RD Space work. You'll also hear about how you can get involved in the 5-day Advanced Leadership Institute they'll be hosting this summer. More ›

Rethinking Creative Writing: An Interview with Stephanie Vanderslice

April 12, 2012
We spent an hour with Stephanie Vanderslice, director of the Great Bear Writing Project in Arkansas, and author of Rethinking Creative Writing. Stephanie talks with us about her book and her thinking about how and why we should reform undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing programs. More ›

Exploring the New NWP Resource: The Model at Work

March 22, 2012
The 2012 Review of NWP Site Reports captured promising practices and thinking from sites to produce The Model at Work, a resource of ideas from across the network. In this episode of NWP Radio, we hear from site leaders who are exploring this new resource and considering its implications for the work of their sites and for the NWP network. More ›

Working With New Teachers

March 8, 2012
Listen to an interview with Kira J. Baker-Doyle about her book The Networked Teacher, to learn about research and theory behind social networks and gain practical advice about how new teachers can create networks of peers and mentors for support. Also hear writing project leaders Kevin Thienes and Lanette Jimerson talk about their writing project-based work with new teachers. More ›

Plans for the Review of NWP Site Reports

February 28, 2012
This special edition of NWP Radio invited site leaders to join a conversation about the Review of NWP Site Reports set for March 2–5, 2012. Hear about the process for collecting good ideas that work and great thinking about site sustainability from the NWP Site Reports. More ›

Place-Based Literacy in the Urban Context—USN in Tulsa

February 23, 2012
This NWP Radio broadcast features leaders from the Oklahoma State University Writing Project, conference hosts, and keynote speaker Julie Landsman, who provide a preview of opportunities for learning and connections promised by the conference. More ›

Supporting Teachers in Working with the Common Core State Standards

February 9, 2012
How can sites best support teachers in working with the Common Core State Standards? Listen to the discussion with Tonya Perry, Site Director at Red Mountain Writing Project, and author of Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: English Language Arts, Grades 6–8, and other guests. More ›

Digital Writing Matters

January 26, 2012
In the lead-up to Digital Learning Day on February 1, NWP educators from around the country—including Troy Hicks of the Chippewa River Writing Project and Janelle Quintans Bence from the North Star of Texas Writing Project—discussed why digital writing matters for themselves as professionals and for the students they teach. More ›

Advocating for Your Writing Project Site: Looking Ahead

January 12, 2012
Hear from several site leaders about their plans for raising visibility and advocating for their sites in the coming year. The show includes news about the FY12 federal budget and an update on plans for the Spring Meeting. More ›

Scaling Up Youth Programs

December 8, 2011
NWP sites across the country offer a wide range of programs for youth authors. This broadcast of NWP Radio features a look at youth programs at three Writing Project sites, including a discussion of how sites can think about expanding youth programs to increase visibility, build partnerships, and raise funds. More ›

Get Ready for National Novel Writing Month and Find Out How You Can Use It in Your Classroom

October 27, 2011
In this episode of NWP Radio, hear from the staff of National Novel Writing Month , who will talk about how to write a novel "by the seat of your pants in 30 days"—this November. Also, NWP teacher-consultant Donalyn Miller will discuss how her students wrote a novel last year and how her class is gearing up for more novel writing this year. More ›

Why I Write

October 20, 2011
To celebrate the National Day on Writing, the National Writing Project aired a live radio show to celebrate the National Day on Writing with interviews with New York Times education reporter Fernanda Santos, New York Times Learning Network editor Katherine Schulten, Figment founder and New Yorker staff writer Dana Goodyear, Figment teen writers, and NWP teacher and author Ashley Hope Pérez. More ›

Write Now: Launching 2012 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

September 22, 2011
This episode features Virginia McEnerney, executive director of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, who talks about the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the nation's oldest and most prestigious teen-writing competition. Joining Virginia is Harris Durrani, a 2011 Portfolio Gold Award Recipient for his General Writing Portfolio. Learn how site directors and teachers use participation in the program in their classrooms and as part of their continuity programs. More ›

A New Writing Project Site Report

September 20, 2011
This year, the NWP has shifted its narrative reporting from the previous Continued Funding Application (CFA) to a new Writing Project Site Report. In this NWP Radio program, colleagues from the network talk about the new reporting structure and how their sites are thinking about responding. More ›

Marking a Moment: Teaching About 9/11

September 8, 2011
September 11th, 2011, marks the 10th anniversary of the devastating attack on the World Trade Center. How is this subject being surfaced, taught, and talked about in classrooms? What critical literacy practices support students in finding a voice as they navigate the complexities of challenging topics, such as 9/11? Join NWP teachers and colleagues such as Holly Epstein Ojalvo, editor of the New York Times Learning Network, and Jennifer Lemberg of the Holocaust Educators Network in this powerful episode of NWP Radio. More ›

Exploring "Systems Thinking" With Grinding New Lenses

August 25, 2011
This summer, eight teachers from three writing project sites spent a month in Chicago exploring the power of systems-thinking to support students in the way they learn, make, and write. This project, called "Grinding New Lenses", involved teachers in their own learning and thinking about systems, followed by an opportunity to lead a summer camp with youth from the surrounding area. More ›

Rural Solutions to Rural Problems

August 11, 2011
Through an array of site practices, programs, and partnerships, NWP sites provide teachers with opportunities to explore the strengths and challenges that define rural education in America. This episode features what NWP has learned from its member sites about teaching and learning in rural schools. More ›

We Are All Teachers of ELLs

July 28, 2011
Many National Writing Project sites are retooling their recruitment efforts, inservice offerings and institutes in light of the significant demographic changes that have placed English learners in almost every classroom. Join us at NWP Radio as we focus on the learning that grew out of the 2011 Focus on ELL Inservice Institute, sponsored by NWP. More ›

Site Directors Talk About Sustaining their Sites

July 14, 2011
Join a group of Writing Project site directors who will share their thinking about site sustainability, including sources of funding they plan to tap, ideas for programming and strategic planning with site leaders, as well as approaches to making their sites ever more visible and essential to the mission of the university. More ›

Copyright and Fair Use in Digital Media and Composition

June 9, 2011
Renee Hobbs, author of Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning, discusses the critical issues of copyright and fair use in digital media and composition, while considering together how these support youth voice and learning inside and outside the classroom. More ›

A Conversation with Jeff Wilhelm and Bruce Novak

May 26, 2011
Visit with Jeff Wilhelm and Bruce Novak, authors of the upcoming Teaching Literacy for Love and Wisdom. Wilhelm and Novak will talk about their new book, a conference that explores its essential ideas, and the importance of the Writing Project in supporting teachers in rich enactments of teaching and learning. More ›

Stronger Together: State and Regional Networks at Work

May 12, 2011
Groups of writing project sites in states or regions are looking to their shared context as they move toward the future. Many are seeing new opportunities for productive work in relation to state goals and state needs. Tune in to this episode of NWP Radio to hear how sites leaders are connecting to each other as well as their state departments of education and other partners to accomplish mutually beneficial work on behalf of teachers and students. More ›

Live from the Urban Sites Network Conference

April 28, 2011
Join your NWP colleagues as they gather in Boston for the Urban Sites Network (USN) Conference. NWP Radio will be visiting with keynote speaker Ernest Morrell and the USN Leadership Team to talk about this year's conference themes. More ›

What Works in Writing Instruction?

March 10, 2011
Join us for a conversation with Deborah Dean, director of the Central Utah Writing Project and author of What Works in Writing Instruction: Research and Practices. Dean's book picks up where the influential report Writing Next leaves off, exploring how practitioners can put together a vision of effective practices in service of strong curriculum. More ›

Language Diversity and Literacy Instruction

February 24, 2011
In this episode, we look at language diversity through various linguistic perspectives and discuss the ways in which language diversity is addressed across our network. In light of demographic trends across our country, how are writing projects designing work that meets the linguistic needs of the teachers and the children they serve? More ›

Sharing Our Knowledge: Reaching Out to a New Congress

February 17, 2011
Several writing project sites are organizing to reach out to their legislators to educate them about the work and impact of their writing projects and about educational issues in their areas. More ›

Beyond Formulas to Learning: The Unfamiliar Genre Project

February 10, 2011
Teacher-consultants from the Eastern Michigan Writing Project share the work behind their book, Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone: Helping Students Navigate Unfamiliar Genres. They discuss the Unfamiliar Genre Project, a way to move writers beyond formulas to lifelong learning about writing. More ›

Challenges and Opportunities in Leading a NWP Site

January 27, 2011
Directors from various NWP sites unpack the complexities of transitioning a writing project site from one leader to the next and share honest insights about what they learned through the process. More ›

The Pressures of Teaching: How Teachers Cope With Classroom Stress

January 13, 2011
Visit with Maureen Picard Robins and several teacher-authors of a new essay collection titled The Pressures of Teaching: How Teachers Cope With Classroom Stress. Hear about the genesis of this collection and listen to the stories of three chapter authors: Bryan Ripley Crandall, Fred Haas, and Bruce Green. More ›

What Does Continuity Look Like at Your Site?

December 9, 2010
The NWP model for local sites focuses on invitational summer institutes, professional development programs, and continuity. But what exactly is continuity and why is it so central to the vitality of NWP sites? More ›

Writing and Healing On Veterans Day and Beyond

November 11, 2010
NWP Radio takes a look at the issues faced by returning servicemen and women, many of whom are now entering universities and community colleges or resuming their places in the families of children in schools. We take a particular look at their experiences as we think about writing and healing. More ›

Teachers and Writers Together at Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Part 2

November 4, 2010
In this second of two episodes on student-staffed writing centers, we hear from Writing Project sites that have worked with schools to develop writing centers. How can writing centers be at the center of a professional development model for teachers and students alike? More ›

Teachers and Writers Together at Student-Staffed Writing Centers

October 28, 2010
The first of two programs about student-staffed writing centers from schools around the country. Guests—including students—share how their work with writing centers has transformed their own work as writers and the culture of their schools. More ›

Writing at the Center: The National Day on Writing

October 14, 2010
Local sites discuss plans for this year's National Day on Writing and guests share how they hold onto the fundamental experience of writing in the midst of their teaching and scholarship about writing. More ›

Sondra Perl and Charles Schuster Talk About New Book

October 5, 2010
NWP Radio makes a quick visit to Sondra Perl and Charles Schuster to hear about their new freshmen reader, "Stepping On My Brother's Head" and Other Secrets Your English Professor Never Told You. More ›

The Southern Arizona Writing Project Teacher-Research and Inquiry Community

September 23, 2010
Visit with the site leaders and teacher-consultants from the Southern Arizona Writing Project as they describe their efforts to sustain their teacher-research and inquiry program for a new generation of teachers. More ›

Making the Most of the 2010 NWP Annual Meeting

September 9, 2010
The Annual Meeting, held every year in November, is the largest NWP gathering of the year. As sites begin to prepare for the 2010 meeting in Orlando, listen to some of the highlights and learn how site leaders plan ahead to make the most of this annual continuity opportunity. More ›

Parents as Partners in Literacy Education

August 26, 2010
Two new books by Writing Project colleagues push us to think anew about the role that families can play in powerful literacy education. Listen to Lynne Strieb, author of Inviting Families Into the Classroom, and JoBeth Allen, author of Literacy in the Welcoming Classroom. More ›

After The Summer Institute, What's Next?

August 12, 2010
This episode of NWP Radio features a discussion of how teacher-consultants can connect to NWP through online opportunities and national events after the invitational summer institute. More ›

A Visit With the Holocaust Educators Network

July 22, 2010
The Holocaust Educators Network conducts an annual summer institute that looks at how carefully designed reading and writing activities can help young people deal with challenging material. The teachers who participated in the 2010 institute share their reflections and insights. More ›

A Glimpse into Summer Institutes Through NWP's E-Anthology

July 8, 2010
Halfway through the 2010 NWP Summer Institute season, NWP Blog Talk Radio checks in with the E-Anthology E-Team to hear what trends and delights they are seeing in the writing they've been reading in the E-Anthology. More ›

What Matters to Teachers in Education Policy

June 24, 2010
Many educators have argued that teachers' voices are insufficiently present in discussion about education, and that teachers need to strategize to bring teaching and learning back into the center of policy. More ›

A Visit With the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers

June 10, 2010
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Join us as we visit with the Alliance and some of the NWP sites working with the Alliance to identify our most talented young writers. More ›

Reflections on the Writing Marathon

May 27, 2010
Join us for a conversation with some of the teacher-consultants and directors who have helped shape, and now are studying, the writing marathon as an activity that helps us keep in touch with our writing selves. More ›

Inservice at NWP Sites in 2010

May 13, 2010
In this episode of NWP Radio we invite you to join a discussion among NWP site leaders about approaches to planning for work in schools in the current climate. More ›

Writing in the Summer Institute: Foundational Practice and Emergent Opportunities

April 8, 2010
Writing and reflecting on writing are at the core of the summer institute model. But what does that mean in practice? In this episode of NWP Radio, site leaders talk about how they are thinking about writing in their institutes, including with online tools such as the E-Anthology. More ›

Why School? A Conversation with Mike Rose

March 15, 2010
With so many policy prescriptions pointing to alternatives to the model of public education, it is a good time to ask the question: Why School? Scholar and author Mike Rose responds to this and other questions at the heart of his new book in two episodes of NWP Radio. More ›

What's Next: Possibilities for Literacy and Content Area Learning

March 11, 2010
Listen to a post-conference discussion with NWP leaders about the Writing Project's work with content-area teachers and disciplinary literacy. This program follows up NWP's "What's Next: Possibilities for Literacy and Content Area Learning conference" held in March 2010 in New Orleans. More ›

Invitational Summer Institute: What Will Your Site Be Reading in the 2010 Summer Institute?

February 11, 2010
Moderator Elyse Eidman-Aadahl discusses with NWP site directors Lil Brannon, Faye Peitzman, and Troy Hicks their ideas about appropriate and relevant readings for the invitational summer institute and how they can best be used. More ›

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