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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.




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


Generative Principles for Professional Learning for Equity-Oriented Urban English Teachers

Join us on NWP radio for a conversation in which we will discuss professional learning for urban teachers. Learn about six generative principles for designing and implementing professional learning that promotes equity-oriented educational practices and stances. Guests Amber WarringtonThea Williamson Related Links "Generative Principles for Professional Learning for Equity-Oriented Urban English Teachers"


Poet, Author, Educator: A Visit with Zev (Dan) Levinson

Zev (Dan) Levinson visits with us to discuss his poetry, outreach, and connection to education through the Redwood Writing Project and California Poets in the Schools. In addition to being a poet and author, Levinson has also recently joined the NWP Writers Council.Links from the Show Song of Six RiversNWP Writers CouncilRedwood Writing ProjectCalifornia Poets in the SchoolsLost Coast Writers Retreat


Summer Reading: A Conversation with Colleagues from Around the Network

A lively and wide-ranging discussion with teacher-leaders and Writing Project staff, recorded live at the NWP Resource Development Retreat in Albuquerque, NM. Books from the Conversation Pure Drivelhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pure_DrivelBearstonehttps://www.willhobbsauthor.com/books/bk_bearstone.htmlShifting the Monkeyhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13265535-shifting-the-monkeyEducated: A Memoirhttps://tarawestover.com/book/So You Want to Talk About...


Celebrating the New Orleans Writing Marathon

Join writing project director Richard Louth, and teacher-writers from the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, to celebrate the rich, deep history of the writing marathon, and the most recent issue of the literary journal Louisiana Literature, which celebrates the New Orleans Writing Marathon. Guests:


Unpacking the NWP Social Practices Framework: Write

The third in a six-part series discussing a set of social practices embedded in NWP-style teacher leadership, this episode examines the practice of writing. NWP teacher leaders know that when teachers write for others in their profession they are taking on a form of leadership and embracing a means for advocating for the value of teacher classroom inquiry and reflective practice. In this episode we will talk to teacher-writers and look at various ways that Writing Project sites can support...


Resources to Support Youth Engagement with Writing Our Future: American Creed

Meet colleagues and partners involved in engaging youth and community conversations emerging from the documentary American Creed. Educators from Facing History and Ourselves and #shareyourlearning join us to talk through resources and support materials they have created to support dialogue and youth publishing in diverse classrooms and communities across the country. Guests: Michelle ClarkKC Kourtz Links from the Show: Writing Our Future: American CreedAmerican Creed Share Your Learning...


Modernizing the Old School Essay

How can we rethink writing instruction to support students in writing authentic pieces about real world issues that matter to them? How can we move beyond the "old school essay" and invite students to write compositions that reflect what we see in real world writing? These are the questions the authors address in the book Real Writing: Modernizing the Old School Essay. Join NWP Radio to hear about this book and the practical strategies the coauthors have used to engage their students in...


Write Out: Place-Based Making with Writing Project Sites and National Parks

Writers reside inside internal landscapes. They traverse the contours of stories and poems, learning and understanding. They turn pen on paper and characters on screens into art. They write for themselves as much as for the world. This summer, we hope to encourage you to take your writing and teaching self outside, into the natural wonders of the open and historical spaces, and explore through the eyes of connected teachers and connected learners. Join us for this episode of NWP Radio to...


C3WP Using Sources Tool: A Student-Driven Assessment for Learning

The most important writing assessment that happens in any school is the assessment that goes on in students' heads when analyzing the quality of their own writing. The College, Career and Community Writers Program's Student Using Sources Tool (UST) empowers students to own their learning of argument writing. Join site leaders, teachers, and students as they share their experiences using the Student UST to advance student learning. Links from the Show Student Using Sources ToolTeachers...


Youth Civic Engagement and Public Writing: CEWAC and American Creed

Join Writing Project colleagues who have been working at the intersections of the Writing Our Futures: American Creed project and the development of the Civically Engaged Writing Analysis Continuum (CEWAC). They have been exploring how we might use CEWAC to support youth in preparing their writing for public audience and dissemination. This episode also includes video with screen-sharing to show student work. Guests for this show include: Paul AllisonJanelle BenceStan Pesick


Poets of the NWP Writers Council: An Interview with Cyrus Armajani

Join us for another installment of our poetry mini-series as part of the 2018 National Poetry Month with interviews of NWP Writers Council members who will talk with us about their poetry, their writing, their process, and more. This episode features Cyrus Armajani, author of Benefits of Doubt.


Poets of the NWP Writers Council: An Interview with Shirley McPhillips

Join us for the final installment of this poetry mini-series as we close out the 2018 National Poetry Month with interviews of NWP Writers Council members who will talk with us about their poetry, their writing, their process, and more. Part three features Shirley McPhillips, acclaimed poet, author, and educator.


Poets of the NWP Writers Council: An Interview with Jimmy Santiago Baca

Join us for two of three NWP Radio episodes, as we close out the 2018 National Poetry Month with interviews of NWP Writers Council members who will talk with us about their poetry, their writing, their process, and more. Part two features Jimmy Santiago Baca, an award-winning American poet and educator of Chicano descent.