summer

    Colleagues of mine from the Philadelphia Writing Project asked me recently if I had suggestions about ways that they might think about extending their Summer Institute (SI) beyond the summer and into spaces, on and offline. The goals were to allow for beyond-the-summer discussions as well as to support others in joining in and participating beyond that particular SI cohort. Below are a set...
The kids are all excited, despite the copious amounts of tests we keep throwing at them. The teachers are on edge with anticipation, caught between being thrilled at the prospect of summer vacation and being nervous or annoyed about how the APPR post-assessment tests are being carried out. And me, I’m just trying to keep going and make it through while taking grad classes and struggling with the...
In a couple of days it will be June.  Let’s face it, summer is indeed here.  ….That wonderful time of year when the world is in full bloom and ideas percolate.  As the summer suddenly arrives on the doorstep, I have this personal ritual of creating my annual “Summer Manifesto”.  It is a wish list.  I jot down all the various things I want to be able to do over the summer.  The list is usually...
On the April 24, 2014 NWP Radio show, the topic was site readings during upcoming invitational summer institutes. Guests discussed the summer readings as well as how those readings have changed and stayed the same as the Common Core Standards have come online and ever more content is available digitally. Host Joye Alberts of the National Writing Project was pleased to welcome guests Lil Brannon...
           In the summer of 2013, the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University hired Bridgeport teacher-of-the-year, Shaun Mitchell, to be a digital liaison and supporter of 21st century literacies. Mitchell provided Connected Learning between the teacher Invitational Summer Institute and Young Writers’ Institutes held on Fairfield’s campus. Mitchell, who teaches English and Drama at...
(This is reposted from my blog, where I have been writing about a digital literacies workshop I have been facilitating for English Language Learners high school students. We've been doing a range of activities, leading into video game design. The workshop is sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Writing Project in conjunction with an urban school district.) We are midway through our digital...
The Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University just completed its first week of the Invitational Summer Institute where we began to make summer, to connect our learning, and to question what digital writing actually is. There were a few changes made with this summer's programs, however, for very specific reasons. The Young Writers' Institutes hosted at our campus have grown robust and...
 I am very excited about the new "Making Learning Connected" MOOC (#clmooc) that starts next week on June 15. There is a fabulous team of folks facilitating this MOOC (and also me), and I think we are all guaranteed to learn a lot. If you haven't participated in a MOOC before or want to learn more about making things or connected learning, this is a great opportunity. Everyone is warmly welcomed...
We need your help to offer a free Youth Voices Summer Program that will make it possible for youth to find and explore their passions in the supported, connected, academic environment of Lehman College, CUNY.   Summer!  Some of us look forward to tending our gardens. Others to reading that novel we've had in mind for months. Or, maybe summer is the time to travel, start a new exercise routine,...
(Click here or on image to go to full Prezi.)   The Prezi above is used for teachers during the welcoming day orientation and / or the first day of the UCLA WP SI.   How to use it during the Summer?   1. Calendar for sign-up for food and presentations 2. Schedule Writer's Workshops and Book Groups 3. Post Powerpoint files and One Pagers 4. Hold Discussions/Debrief sessions 5. Place to post and...

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