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: How Narrative Matters

8:30am - 10:00am Gaylord, Hotel Ballroom Level, Annapolis 1

Come to this panel discussion to think together about why and how narrative matters: to student writers, teachers, families, and communities.

Rebecca Damron, Oklahoma State University Writing Project
Jessica Early, Central Arizona Writing Project
Jim Fredricksen, Boise State University Writing Project
Chris Goering, Northwest Arkansas Writing Project
Richard Louth, Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project
Michael Thompson, Bisti Writing Project

A2: Partnering with Elementary Schools Using “Being a Writer”: Stories from Writing Project Sites

8:30am - 10:00am Gaylord, Hotel Ballroom Level, Annapolis 2

A common interest in workshop models for writing instruction has led to partnerships between districts implementing "Being a Writer" and local Writing Project sites. Join this session to hear from sites that are exploring ways to provide dynamic professional development opportunities in schools and beyond using "Being a Writer" materials.

Kimberley Bridges, University of Mississippi Writing Project
Lisa Davis, Northwestern State University Writing Project
Suzanne Linebarger, Northern California Writing Project
Sarah Lorenz, Eastern Michigan Writing Project
Rhonda Sutton, Pocono Writing Project

A3: "By Any Media Necessary": Sharing MAPP's Educational Resources

8:30am - 10:00am Gaylord, Hotel Ballroom Level, Annapolis 3

The MAPP “By Any Media Necessary” session will acquaint participants with educational resources from MAPP, including MAPP workshops, that highlight the power of stories, participatory culture, and creative expression as tools for fostering civic imagination and inspiring real-world change. This session reflects an ongoing effort by USC’s Media, Activism & Participatory Politics (MAPP) Project to integrate peer-based learning, popular culture, and media production into civic learning pathways. The session represents an important step in the continued development of the MAPP project, and participants will have a unique opportunity to contribute to the shape of things to come. Participant feedback will play a crucial role in the development, not only of our materials, but of the larger MAPP community of practitioners, educators, and activists that we seek to support.

Karl Baumann, University of Southern California
Liana Gamber-Thompson, National Writing Project
Katie Kline, Greater Kansas City Writing Project

A4: Making the Case for Your Writing Project Site: Ideas, Tools, and Strategies

8:30am - 10:00am Gaylord, Hotel Ballroom Level, Annapolis 4

Join us for a conversation among Writing Project site leaders and NWP staff about making the work of your Writing Project site visible to a variety of audiences: legislators, school administrators, funders, and others. From the yearly Site Profile and Invitational Institute Reports to the 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

A5: The Common Core and Content-Area Literacy

8:30am - 10:00am Gaylord, Hotel Ballroom Level, Fort Washington Boardroom

The inclusion of literacy standards for history, science, and technical subjects in the Common Core State Standards has made more prominent the need for effective literacy instruction across the disciplines, and provides myriad opportunities for Writing Project sites to offer new outreach programs to teachers, schools, and districts. Join us for a look at one Writing Project site's 14-year history of working on content-area literacy with middle and high school teachers, tangible practices for engaging content-area teachers in literacy, and the opportunity for site-based planning of content-area inservice.

Rochelle Ramay, Northern California Writing Project
Carla Truttman, Northern California Writing Project

A6: Adaptations/Innovations to the Invitational Summer Institute Model: What’s New and What’s Working?

8:30am - 10:00am Gaylord, Hotel Ballroom Level, Wilson B

Join NWP colleagues for roundtable discussions on how they are rethinking and refreshing the summer institute in response to new opportunities and changing needs. Site leaders will share strategies, ideas, and questions on a range of topics, including alternative funding structures, teaching and learning in the digital age, building leadership capacity, and responding to new standards.

Estanislado Barrera, Louisiana State University Writing Project
Laura Bowles, Great Bear Writing Project
Carol Brazo, Oregon WP Collaborative at George Fox
Heather Bruce, Montana Writing Project
Kimberly Cuevas, Northern Nevada Writing Project
Lori Czop Assaf, Central Texas Writing Project
Michelle Goodsite, Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project
Karen Hamlin, Oregon WP Collaborative at George Fox
Benjamin Koch, Southern Nevada Writing Project
Christina McGee, Rincon High School
Marilyn McKinney, Southern Nevada Writing Project
Robert Montgomery, Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project
Casey Olsen, Elk River Writing Project
Peggy Otto, Western Kentucky University Writing Project
Flory Simon, Southern Arizona Writing Project
Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, Louisiana State University Writing Project
Susanna Thornhill, Oregon WP Collaborative at George Fox
Cynthia Vetter, Central Texas Writing Project

A7: Tapping into Creative and Production-Centered Aspects of Composing Today

8:30am - 10:00am Gaylord, Hotel Ballroom Level, Wilson C

Writing Project colleagues across the country are tapping into the creative- and production-centered aspects of writing, composing, and exploring “making” with adults and youth in their communities. Whether hacking notebooks by adding electronics and circuitry, or considering making and connected learning during the summer’s Making Learning Connected MOOC (clmooc), this roundtable session will give participants a chance to create with a range of new tools and materials, and consider the connections between making and literacy today.

Rachel Bear, Boise State University Writing Project
Joe Dillon, Denver Writing Project
Peter Kittle, Northern California Writing Project
Kylie Peppler, Indiana University
Rafi Santo, Indiana University
K-Fai Steele, National Writing Project

A8: Civic Discourse for Modern Learners

8:30am - 10:00am Gaylord, Hotel Ballroom Level, Wilson D

In today's digitally fueled world, young people have the opportunity to produce media, mobilize others, and investigate issues of importance to them. Hear from two partners in our Educator Innovator initiative, KQED and PBS NewsHour, along with NWP teachers they've been working with, about national programs that give young learners the chance to engage with current social issues using the tools and affordances of digital media and the web.

Leah Clapman, PBS NewsHour Extra
Thai DaSilva, PBS NewsHour Extra
Katie Gould, PBS NewsHour Extra
Dawn Reed, Red Cedar Writing Project
Matt Williams, KQED Education

A9: Formative Assessment of Argument Writing

8:30am - 10:00am Gaylord, Hotel Ballroom Level, Magnolia 3

Explore NWP’s Using Sources formative assessment tool. This new tool, based on Joseph Harris’s Rewriting: How to Do Things with Texts, provides a lens for analyzing how students use source material and where we can help them grow. Bring samples of your students’ argument writing and your device to this interactive session.

Robin Atwood, South Mississippi Writing Project
Leeanne Bordelon, Northwestern State University Writing Project
Linda Friedrich, National Writing Project
Stephanie Harper, Middle Tennessee Writing Project

A10: Writing Project Site Partnership Opportunities with the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

8:30am - 10:00am Gaylord, Hotel Ballroom Level, Magnolia 2

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards offer students in grades 7–12 recognition, publication, scholarship, and exhibition opportunities across 28 categories in the visual and literary arts. Dozens of Writing Project sites across the country have discovered the many ways in which this program aligns with their mission to improve writing and learning. Learn how your local site can partner with the Awards to score student writing submissions, participate in summer workshops, and bring this program to students and educators in your community.

Alana Benoit, Alliance for Young Artists and Writers
Samuel Reed, Philadelphia Writing Project
Kelly Sassi, Red River Valley Writing Project

A11: Learning Everywhere: Cases from the NWP and National Park Service

8:30am - 10:00am Gaylord, Hotel Ballroom Level, Magnolia 1

Join NWP colleagues in exploring their Writing Project/National Park Service collaborations to offer programs for young people and professional development for teachers. We will inquire into the principles that inform this work, take a look at some of the outcomes from the summer of 2014, including blog posts and artwork, the idea of students-as-docents, and curriculum materials with a history focus. 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
Eric Fiore, Hudson Valley Writing Project
Lisa Italiano, Green Mountain Writing Project at UVM
Catherine Lamb, Green Mountain Writing Project at UVM
Grace Morizawa, Bay Area Writing Project
Susanne Norris, National Park Service
Diane Rawson, Hudson Valley Writing Project
Bethany Silva, University of New Hampshire
Diane Waff, Philadelphia Writing Project

A12: Makers Unite—And Write! Crafting Democratic Spaces for Composing

8:30am - 10:00am Gaylord, Hotel Ballroom Level, Azalea 1

Join us to discover how the principles and practices of making connect with what we know and understand about the teaching and learning of writing. How can we invite our writers to also recognize themselves as makers? And what are the implications? How do we employ making as a pedagogical approach? In addition to thinking about how and why writers become makers in our own classrooms by looking at work that youth compose, we will also situate the Maker Movement within a larger ecology of learning that crosses school boundaries into our communities. Participants will have a chance to review and discuss a range of resources related to writing and making, as well as help co-construct a growing collection of resources.

Troy Hicks, Chippewa River Writing Project
Danielle Lewis Ange, Tar River Writing Project
Stephanie West-Puckett, Tar River Writing Project

A13: Celebrating 40 Years of the NWP: A Marathon Through Our Shared History

8:30am - 10:00am Gaylord, Hotel Ballroom Level, Presidential Boardroom

Join us for an in-room writing marathon, peruse artifacts of NWP's 40-year history, write together, and learn about efforts to preserve the NWP legacy through the Archives Project and to create new memories through .

Mary Ann Smith, National Writing Project
Sherry Swain, National Writing Project

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