National Writing Project

In Memory of Miles Myers

Date: December 18, 2015

Summary: With sadness we announce the death of Miles Myers, Bay Area Writing Project leader, former Executive Director of NCTE, and director of our national network in its early years.

 

With sadness we announce the death of Miles Myers, Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP) leader, former Executive Director of NCTE, and director of our national network in its early years. As a teacher at Oakland High School, Miles joined BAWP as a participant in the first BAWP Invitational Summer Institute in 1974 and went on to lead the project with Jim Gray and contribute powerfully to the development of theory in the teaching of writing and literacy more broadly. Many sites from the early years remember him as their 'new site mentor' and thought partner. He was also active in teacher preparation and union work, never tiring in the effort to support teachers' authority over their own practice. He loved teaching and working with teachers through the project, serving as a returning fellow for BAWP in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Miles was a passionate, yet pragmatic advocate for productive relationships between researchers and teachers. He also had a wry sense of humor. In that vein we share this piece from The Quarterly (PDF) where he muses on the cultural maxims of schooling which teachers and researchers are likely to see differently. We hear his voice in every word and invite you to enjoy.

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