National Writing Project

Thursday Sessions Round A: Hanging Out

The morning starts with something for everyone: discussion groups, opportunities to write or try out a new technology, and opportunities to share ideas about Writing Project work.


Round A: 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

A1: The New E-Anthology

8:30am - 10:00am Hynes, Level 1, 107

This past summer, sites were introduced to a new E-Anthology platform in the National Writing Project's Google+ community. Summer Institute participants took off running with the latest iteration of the E-Anthology, posting text and media, responding to one another, and learning to use a freely available tool from Google, that ever-present mediator of our digital lives at home and in schools. Learn how sites used the E-Anthology and learn how your site can leverage the community-building opportunities inherent in G+ communities.

Colleen Appel, Ozarks Writing Project
Amy Knowles, Ozarks Writing Project
Casey Olsen, Elk River Writing Project

A2: From Newsroom to Classroom

8:30am - 10:00am Hynes, Level 1, 108

What do you get when you pair KQED, the public radio and television station in San Francisco, with National Writing Project teachers? You get Newsroom to Classroom, a pilot project in which pairs of NWP teachers from around the country developed resources and curriculum packages that focus on news topics and content from KQED's Low Down blog. You also get student-produced new media artifacts related to the topics and youth participation in KQED's Do Now current events Twitter-based program. Join Matt Williams of KQED, along with Chris Sloan of the Wasatch Range Writing Project and Janelle Quintans Bence of the North Star of Texas Writing Project, as they discuss the various dimensions of the initiative, from conception to implementation, and lead you through a Do Now-like Twitter activity.

Janelle Bence, North Star of Texas Writing Project
Chris Sloan, Wasatch Range Writing Project
Matt Williams, KQED Education

A4: A Moveable Feast: Staying Connected Through NWP Regional Meetings

8:30am - 10:00am Hynes, Level 1, 101

In this session, Writing Project sites that have offered programs for NWP regional colleagues will share their program models. Participants will be invited to explore opportunities for collaborating across sites to extend face-to-face network opportunities to regional colleagues.

Dawn Hawkins, Upstate Writing Project
Rebecca Kaminski, Upstate Writing Project
April Niemela, Northwest Inland Writing Project
Margaret Rostkowski, Wasatch Range Writing Project

A5: Assessing Writing, Teaching Writers

8:30am - 10:00am Hynes, Level 1, 102

Three TCs who have scored writing using NWP's Analytic Writing Continuum Assessment System (AWC) will share how the scoring experience influenced their teaching. Coming from different points of view, different geographic regions, and different grade levels, these teachers will demonstrate how their understanding of the AWC led to new insights and more informed strategies for the teaching of writing. Other AWC scorers are invited to add their voices. Those interested in scoring will learn about the scoring application process.

Robin Atwood, South Mississippi Writing Project
Paula Diedrich, Northern Shores Writing Project
Julie Sheerman, Missouri Writing Project

A6: Edcamp: Teachers Teaching Teachers

8:30am - 10:00am Hynes, Level 1, 103

Have you heard about Edcamps and the "unconference" format and want to know more? Dan Callahan, a Boston-area educator and co-founder of the Edcamp movement, will describe this particular style of professional development, give you an opportunity to experience it for yourself, and allow time for written reflection and a shared debrief.

Dan Callahan, Edcamp

A7: Place-Based Partnerships: Cases from the NWP and National Park Service

8:30am - 10:00am Hynes, Level 1, 104

In this session, we will briefly explore stories from unique collaborations between four Writing Project sites and their National Park Service partners to offer programs for young people. We will hear about emerging principles that inform their work as well as lessons learned. Then, participants will have a chance to share and map ideas for local opportunities to foster their own place-based learning in summer and school-year programs, in and out of school.

Renee Albertoli, National Park Service
Mary Buckelew, Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project
Lisa Italiano, Green Mountain Writing Project at UVM
Catherine Lamb, Green Mountain Writing Project at UVM
Tom Meyer, Hudson Valley Writing Project
Diane Rawson, Hudson Valley Writing Project
Bethany Silva, Philadelphia Writing Project
Diane Waff, Philadelphia Writing Project

A8: An Idea that Worked

8:30am - 10:00am Hynes, Level 2, 207

Join colleagues from the network who will host roundtable discussions focusing on ideas that have made a difference at their sites. This promises to be an energetic workshop with diverse topics including what it means to put social justice at the center of the site's work; programs focused on civic literacy; the "what and how" of writing marathons; supporting TCs to write and publish; site leadership for Connected Learning; programming for youth; and more. Plan to bring the ideas—large and small—that have made a difference at your site to add to these lively conversations. A complete list of roundtable titles facilitated by the following sites will be available at the workshop: Red Mountain Writing Project, Central Arizona Writing Project, Connecticut Writing Project–Storrs, Denver Writing Project, Hudson Valley Writing Project, IUS Writing Project, Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, Montana Writing Project, and the North Star of Texas Writing Project.

Amanda Atkins, IUS Writing Project
Kevin Bailey, IUS Writing Project
Heather Bruce, Montana Writing Project
Heather Cato, North Star of Texas Writing Project
Daisy Chandler, Red Mountain Writing Project
Jason Courtmanche, Connecticut Writing Project - Storrs
Jacqueline Denu, Hudson Valley Writing Project
Joe Dillon, Denver Writing Project
Ashley Faith, IUS Writing Project
Debra LaPlante, Central Arizona Writing Project
Richard Louth, Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project
Heather OLoughlin, Central Arizona Writing Project
Tonya Perry, Red Mountain Writing Project
Amy Rasmussen, North Star of Texas Writing Project
Tiffany Stansbury, IUS Writing Project
Shirley Storey, Red Mountain Writing Project
Alison Taylor, IUS Writing Project
Jameka Thomas, Red Mountain Writing Project
Sarah Woodard, Denver Writing Project

A10: Starting the Common Core Conversation

8:30am - 10:00am Hynes, Level 2, 209

Many Writing Project sites are being asked to provide professional development related to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), but teachers often arrive with concerns, some of which grow out of rumors and misinformation about the CCSS. In this interactive workshop, participants will use dialog and the article, "The Common Core Ate My Baby and Other Urban Legends," as tools to think about establishing an environment for thoughtful consideration of the CCSS.

Melanie Hammer, Long Island Writing Project

A11: Narrative Troubles (and that's a good thing): On Why and How to Find, Shape, and Share Stories of Classroom Life

8:30am - 10:00am Hynes, Level 2, 201

We all face trouble and it is how we respond to that trouble that matters. This trouble might take the form of uncertainty, a change in the status quo, a break in expectations, an epiphany, ambiguity, or more. Some people try to avoid trouble; some people are on a quest to find "the" solution in order to make things more certain. Narratives are not a kind of writing, but a way of thinking that centers on the trouble people face and their responses to that trouble. Since narratives are built, storytellers have choices when they compose, and how they build the narratives they share can trouble an audience's view of things. In this workshop, we try to better understand the purpose and context of narratives; we compose our own narratives; and we consider how to design or re-design opportunities for our students to compose their narratives. Together, you and your students can find, shape, and share narratives in order to understand the troubles you face and to work toward changing things.

Jim Fredricksen, Boise State University Writing Project

A12: What We Learned at the Science Museum

8:30am - 10:00am Hynes, Level 2, 202

What happens when Writing Project teachers join forces with out-of-school-time professionals at a science center? In its first year, Intersections—an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)—seeks to explore this question. In this session, sites involved in the Intersections initiative will share activities they have engaged in to map assets in their work where science and literacy intersect. They will share what they have learned about how to engage all of our ways of knowing and learning to create rich collaborations.

Kim Douillard, San Diego Area Writing Project
Lacy Manship, UNC Charlotte Writing Project

A13: Vision and Voice: Sharing Ideas for Using The Best Teen Writing in Your Classroom

8:30am - 10:00am Hynes, Level 2, 203

The Best Teen Writing is a student-edited anthology of prize-winning pieces from The Scholastic Writing Awards by students around the country. Vision and Voice is a new social networking platform supported by NWP and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers through which teachers can share ideas for using student work as mentor texts in their classrooms. Come to this session to find out more and receive free copies of The Best Teen Writing 2013.

Tanya Baker, National Writing Project
Laurie Carroll, Northwestern State University Writing Project
Tricia Clarke, New York City Writing Project
Katherine Hendrix, Alliance for Young Artists and Writers
Joshua Jenkins, Greater New Orleans Writing Project
Shaun Mitchell, Connecticut Writing Project - Fairfield
Samuel Reed, Philadelphia Writing Project

A14: Teachers Teaching Teachers in the Summer Institute || 40th Anniversary Strand

8:30am - 10:00am Hynes, Level 2, 204

Forty years ago, a group of educators in the Bay Area held the first National Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute (ISI), the program that launched a teachers-teaching-teachers movement. Since that time Writing Projects across the country have welcomed new teacher-leaders each year into the site's work, building on the community of practice that starts with writing, reading, and going public with what we do as teachers. Join us for a conversation about what is the same and what is changing at ISIs as NWP sites adapt and flourish in the new education landscape that includes a renewed emphasis on writing for college and career readiness, and embraces the universe of learning in a digital world.

Lil Brannon, UNC Charlotte Writing Project
Mark Dziedzic, Greater Madison Writing Project
Mary Ann Smith, National Writing Project

A15: Making the Case for Your Writing Project Site: Ideas, Tools, and Strategies

8:30am - 10:00am Hynes, Level 2, 205

Join us for a conversation among Writing Project site leaders and NWP staff about making the work of your site visible to a variety of audiences: legislators, school administrators, funders, and others. From the yearly Site Profile Report to the new, customizable Local Site PowerPoint Presentation, there are adaptable tools and data available to support you in demonstrating the reach and value of your Writing Project site’s work. Come share your questions and what has worked for you.

Bob Jobin, National Writing Project
Miriam Neidhardt, National Writing Project
James Stapleton, National Writing Project

A16: Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom

8:30am - 10:00am Hynes, Level 2, 206

"Connected learning is realized when a young person pursues a personal interest or passion with the support of friends and caring adults, and is in turn able to link this learning and interest to academic achievement, career possibilities, or civic engagement,” write the authors of the 2013 report Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design. And as youth-learning is at the center of connected learning, the connected learning framework functions as a set of key design principles for teachers today to consider. So let's consider them together! Join us for this morning hangout as we explore connected learning and draw from teacher stories and inquiries that were originally published at NWP’s Digital Is website and now have been curated into a first-of-its-kind eBook called, Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom. This eBook brings to life the possibilities of connected learning as it is enacted daily in schools across the country and is to be published as part of the MacArthur Foundation's Connected Learning series.

Gail Desler, Area 3 Writing Project
Antero Garcia, Colorado State University Writing Project
Christopher Working, Red Cedar Writing Project

A18: Learning from the NWP Network: Exploring The Model at Work

8:30am - 10:00am Hynes, Level 3, 310

Since 2012, the annual review of NWP Site Reports has gleaned promising practices, partnership and program models, and smart thinking from local Writing Project sites to build The Model at Work (MAW), a dynamic, searchable resource of ideas from across the NWP Network. In this interactive session, we will explore the richness of the MAW as a resource and consider how site leaders can use the ideas they find there to support their work and sustain their sites.

Karen Hamlin, Oregon WP Collaborative at George Fox

A19: Writing as Making/Making as Writing

8:30am - 10:00am Hynes, Level 3, 313

When we think of the current Maker Movement, we often picture robotics, crafts, or digital fabrication. What happens when we push ourselves to think about writing, media-making, and the arts too? Join us to explore this question through looking at work and drawing from our own experiences as writers and makers.

Stephanie West-Puckett, Tar River Writing Project

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