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What students and parents said... “The writing program last summer was very fun and I learned how to make a podcast. By taking the writing program my writing skills really improved…I use to not like writing but now after the program I really like writing. They made me learn to put all of my thoughts on paper and I am doing really well in my classes in middle school.” ~ Student “Raised By was my...
"Raised By Samoan Women" by Christiana, based on "Raised by Women" by Kelly Norman Ellis Based on a poem called "Raised by Women," in Teaching for Joy and Justice by Linda Christensen (p. 17), students were given the opportunity to write about the influences on their lives. Some students wrote about a particular role model or family member. Some students wrote about being raised by social trends...
Junior glog.jpg Glogster EDU is a free, education technology website for teachers to use with their students. It allows you to create interactive posters that include text, video, hyperlinks, and images. This was a powerful tool to use with our students this summer because we were able to have students use a variety of media to express themselves. This fall we...
"The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change the world." James Baldwin, American novelist, writer, and civil rights activist One year to set the dream. Fifty-four days to staff and plan. Forty hours of instruction in a two-week summer academy. We changed lives. Through the use of digital...
The San Diego Area Writing Project (SDAWP) has hosted a very successful writing camp on the University of California San Diego campus for many years. In searching for ways to diversify the students who could attend, SDAWP attempted many recruitment strategies with limited success. The leadership team studied the issue, and decided that it was time to try something new. We decided to move the...
When I was hired for my first job as a reading teacher, I was endowed with the blessing of a filing cabinet full of resources from a decade of courses past. My predecessor, a wonderful teacher whom I still call friend, is a total type-A hoarder. Not only did she keep what appeared to be everything she'd ever used, but she had ten years of day-by-day planners to give to me too. I was excited to...
Released in 2009, The Digital Writing Workshop (Heinemann) blends the pedagogical approach of a "writing workshop" with the technical and rhetorical features of "digital writing." This collection features a number of resources related to the concepts presented in the book, many of which feature fellow NWP teachers and examples from their classrooms.
For over five years, the Teachers Teaching Teachers webcast has provided a number of educators, especially those affiliated with the NWP, a forum in which to share their work.  In the fall of 2009, I co-hosted three episodes of "Teachers Teaching Teachers" where we invited colleagues featured in The Digital Writing Workshop to share their ideas about teaching in a digital writing workshop. Then,...
"The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change the world." ~ James Baldwin, American novelist, writer, and civil rights activist   One year to set the dream. 54 days to staff and plan. 40 hours of instruction in a two-week summer academy. We changed lives. Through the use of digital media,...
Believe it or not, I wouldn’t consider myself a very techie person.  I can’t set up a server, can barely understand the wireless network in our house, and have enough blackened sockets to know I should never be trusted with any electrical handy work.  However, friends, family, and colleagues often call me for computer or cell phone technical support.  No longer can I attend a family function...

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