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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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Educating for Empathy: Literacy Learning and Civic Engagement
Educating for Empathy presents a compelling framework for thinking about the purpose and practice of literacy education in a politically polarized world. Mirra proposes a model of critical civic empathy that encourages secondary ELA teachers to consider how issues of power and inequity play out in the literacy classroom and how to envision literacy practices as a means of civic engagement. More ›

Keep It R.E.A.L.!: Relevant, Engaging, and Affirming Literacy for Adolescent English Learners
This book introduces a set of pedagogical practices designed to assist adolescent English learners in developing their English skills in a way that honors and leverages their native languages and cultures. Responding to the linguistic and educational diversity of adolescents, the R.E.A.L. (Relevant, Engaging, and Affirming Literacy) method offers teachers a range of scalable activities, reading lists, and other resources, along with numerous suggestions on how to adapt them for students' particular needs. More ›

Choice and Agency in the Writing Workshop: Developing Engaged Writers, Grades 4-6
Filled with rich portraits of in-class writing interactions and challenges, this book highlights various themes that help teachers become better observers and more responsive to the complexity of writing in children's lives. More ›

"They're All Writers": Teaching Peer Tutoring in the Elementary Writing Center
In this book, classroom teachers will find foundational information about the writing process with everything they need to begin and facilitate a peer tutoring writing center. Student-led writing centers harness the social and instructional power of students working and learning together, and this book includes specific lessons to teach students how to be effective peer tutors and how to be better writers. More ›

Coaching Teacher-Writers: Practical Steps to Nurture Professional Writing
When teachers write, good things can happen; writing helps educators to better understand themselves, as well as students, parents, and colleagues. This practical book illustrates how to encourage, lead, and sustain teacher-writers, especially in group contexts. More ›

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