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NWP Radio is a program provided by the National Writing Project as an education resource on a broad range of topics for educators in and out of school.

NWP Radio is a program provided by the National Writing Project as an education resource on a broad range of topics for educators in and out of school.
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NWP Radio is a program provided by the National Writing Project as an education resource on a broad range of topics for educators in and out of school.




Action Research for English Language Arts Teachers

Action Research for English Language Arts Teachers by Mary Buckelew and Janice Ewing was inspired by colleagues and students, and began with their local Writing Project site's blog. Join NWP Radio for a discussion with the authors about how they view inquiry as a key element in their mission as educators, and share some protocols and models for teacher inquiry. Mary and Janice will also be the keynote speakers for the NWP brunch at NCTE in November. Guests Mary BuckelewJanice Ewing


Write Out 2019: Explore, Create, Connect

Our guests introduce us to Write Out 2019—what it is, where it takes place, what to expect, and how you can participate throughout this unique two-week experience that runs October 13-27. Guests Chris ConstatineBethany SilvaAmber KirkendallSusan Cook Related Links Write Out websiteFollow @WriteOutConnect#writeout on TwitterSign Up for updates


A Student's Guide to Academic and Professional Writing in Education

Listen to our interview with the authors of A Students Guide to Academic and Professional Writing in Education, a handbook that helps educators write for the rhetorical situations they will face as students of education. Their book provides clear and helpful advice for responding to the varying contexts, audiences, and purposes that arise in many educational settings. Guests Katie ArosteguyBrenda RinardAlison Bright


A Good Fit for All Kids

In this episode of NWP Radio, we interview Kelly Chandler-Olcott author of A Good Fit for All Kids: Collaborating to Teach Writing in Diverse, Inclusive Settings, a book born from summer learning experiences for students combined with professional learning experiences for adults. Bryan Ripley Crandall, director of the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield, also joins us for the discussion. Related Links from the Show Kelly Chandler-OlcottA Good Fit For All Kids: Collaborating to Teach...


The Common Sense Census: Inside the 21st Century Classroom

Join us for a discussion of a new report by Common Sense Media, The Common Sense Census: Inside the 21st-Century Classroom, which explores how K–12 educators have adapted to critical shifts in technology in schools and society. Our guests discuss the benefits of teaching lifelong digital citizenship skills along with the challenges of preparing students to critically evaluate online information and how educators across the country are adapting in today's fast-changing digital...


Teaching Writers to Reflect

Listen to our visit with Anne Whitney, Colleen McCracken, and Deana Washell who discuss their work with elementary-school writers and their new book Teaching Writers to Reflect: Strategies for a More Thoughtful Writing Workshop.


The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life

Join in for a conversation about creating the writing life, with Stephanie Vanderslice, professor of creative writing and Director of the Arkansas Writer’s MFA Workshop at the University of Central Arkansas, and author of The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life. We talk about her book, discuss the role formal education plays in creative writing, and more. Guests Stephanie VandersliceTanya Baker


Teachers’ Inquiries into Integrating Historical Primary Sources with Traditional Fictional Texts

Learn how two teachers from the Philadelphia Writing Project paired primary sources with traditional fictional texts in their classrooms to provide opportunities for students to “read the world and the word.” Guests Latricia WhitfieldBeth PattenChristina Cantrill Links from the Show Penn Graduate School of EducationTwitterFacebookTeaching with Primary Sources NetworkProject Zero Visual Thinking StrategiesPulitzer Center Ed Resources


Everybody’s Vaguely Familiar: Jack Powers, Poetry & A Career of Teaching Writing

We kick-off National Poetry Month by visiting with poet and teacher Jack Powers, celebrating the publication of his new book, Everybody’s Vaguely Familiar. We'll also discuss his successful career in teaching writing as a National Writing Project fellow and ways to celebrate National Poetry Month throughout April. Guests Jack PowersTanya BakerBryan Ripley Crandall Related Links Everybody's Vaguely Familiar"Fairfield Author Publishes First Poetry Collection"National Poetry MonthPoem in...


Everyday Advocacy: An NWP Social Practice

With NCTE's Advocacy and Leadership Summit coming up in April, we wanted to revisit our NWP Radio episode from March, 2017 on everyday advocacy. Advocacy is one of six social practices embedded in NWP-style teacher leadership, and in this episode, we examined three case studies of what teacher leadership through advocacy could look like, and how teachers can take up the practice of advocacy more generally. Related Resources Advocate for NWPNWP Teacher-Consultant Badge FrameworkWriting to...


Better Together: Why Networks are the Future of Learning

Join us for a discussion with the authors of Better Together to hear about learning networks and how they can be leveraged for smarter personalized and project-based learning. Guests Lydia DobynsTom Vander Ark


Young Adult Literature and the Digital World

We visit with Writing Project leaders in Connecticut, Georgia, and Oklahoma about their work with teachers to connect young adult literature and the digital world. Guests Jennifer DailShelbie WitteBryan Ripley Crandall Related Links Young Adult Literature and the Digital WorldYA Wednesday’s Review of Young Adult Literature and the Digital WorldLRNG: We Too Are ConnecticutNo Bells, No Walls: Learning Alongside 2014 LRNG Innovators Challenge Grant AwardeesMatt de la PeñaCentral High School...


Timeless Learning: An Interview with Pam Moran and Ira Socol

This episode of NWP Radio features a discussion with Pam Moran and Ira Socol about their new book Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools. The conversation takes imaginative leaps into what schools could be and shares practical advice for how to make the imagined possibilities reality. Guests Pam MoranIra Socol Links from the Show Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools"Insufficiently...


Back to School with Writing Our Future and American Creed

In this broadcast, Writing Project colleagues Janelle Bence, Dawn Reed and Suzanne Sutton share student work created as part of the Writing Our Future: American Creed project and prepare for a workshop at the NCTE 2018 Conference in Houston. Join us to hear from the teachers, and students, and think with us about the possibilities of supporting youth in exploring their American identities and communities. NOTE: Student work was shared via screenshare in this episode, which you can view at...


Professional Development: Marketing, Development, Sustainability

Writing Project sites have been launching a wide range of professional development opportunities and have been planning for future professional development opportunities. Join us as we chat with Writing Project site leaders about planning for, designing, and marketing professional development with a focus on site sustainability. Guests Links from the Show "WMWP Launches New Pathways to Teacher Leadership"WMWP Workshop Descriptions and TimelineExploring with a Lens on Local History:...


The Digital Civics Toolkit: Supporting Youth in Civic Engagement

Listen in as we discuss the Digital Civics Toolkit, a collection of resources for educators to support youth in exploring, recognizing, and taking seriously the civic potentials of digital life. Guests Related Links Digital Civics ToolkitDeep Dive: Educating for DemocracyYouth & Participatory Politics (YPP) Research NetworkCivic Engagement Research Group (CERG)Project ZeroThe Civic Imagination Project


Educating for Empathy: An Interview with Nicole Mirra

What is empathy and how is it different than sympathy? What role does literature play in developing critical civic empathy? For this episode of NWP Radio, we'll be interviewing Nicole Mirra about her recently released book Educating for Empathy: Literacy Learning and Civic Engagement. Guests Links from the Show Educating for Empathy: Literacy Learning and Civic Engagement"From Connected Learning to Connected Teaching: A Necssary Step Forward"Nicole on TwitterTeaching toward Empathy in...


The Saugatuck StoryFest—Behind the Scenes of a Literary Collaboration

For the National Day on Writing, we celebrate the success of the Saugatuck StoryFest, a 4-day literacy event in southern Connecticut that brought together teachers, writers, students, and members of the community to discuss the power of stories in our lives. Event organizers—including CWP-Fairfield teacher leaders, Westport Public Library, and the Saugatuck StoryFest Youth Board—highlight the history behind the festival, the writers who came, and the wisdom that resulted from the...


Celebrating Writing

In honor of the National Day on Writing (October 20), we’ll talk with Writing Project leaders in St. Louis and Chicago about projects that have people writing about, and all across, these cities. Guests Steve ZemelmanCathy GrinerDiana Hammond Links from the Show Write Across ChicagoWrite Across Chicago on TwitterOneCity Stories2018 National Day on Writing


Writing as Making MOOC (wmMOOC)

Our guests for this episode discuss the Writing/Making Massive Open Online Collaboration (wmMOOC), an online professional learning experience for teachers that tackled digital composing last summer, specifically the idea that writing is a form of making. Guests Vicki McQuittySarah Lohnes WatulakJoe RuncimanStacey ScheperChristina Cantrill Related Links wmMOOC on TwitterMaryland Writing Project