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Improving writing and learning in our nation's schools.
Improving writing and learning in our nation's schools.

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How can you better evaluate your #connectedlearning programs and spaces? A new video series from The Connected Learning Alliance, featuring researchers from the Capturing Connected Learning in Libraries project, presents methods and ideas: http://bit.ly/EqOQFe
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“The core premise is that creating powerful learning is hard work and there’s no reason for teacher teams to work alone. Networks make powerful learning more routinely available.” A new book by Tom Vander Ark highlights the essential role of networks like the National Writing Project: http://bit.ly/2P4X7N2
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“Our facilitators, Jason and Taylor, suggested that as we walked around Southside Community Land Trust, we should take ‘snapshots’ – fifteen one-line fragments that could become found poetry, or branch off into other pieces of writing.” A dispatch from the Rhode Island Writing Project Open Air Institute, by Nora Pace: http://bit.ly/2MaM6LL
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Agency and Audience: two Writing Project teacher leaders, Katie Kline of the Greater Kansas City Writing Project and Katie McKay of the Heart of Texas Writing Project, sit down to discuss their LRNG Innovators Challenge projects harnessing the power of student agency and giving students a public platform: http://bit.ly/2LZWmpQ #WeAreLRNG
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“Students can easily recognize how the writer’s imagination ignites the futuristic world of the poem. Less obvious is the extent to which readers must employ their imaginations to animate the words on the page.” A plan for inviting students into poetry with Tracy K. Smith’s “Sci-Fi”, by Carol Jago: http://bit.ly/2M7Ulce
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“When we write alongside our students, we show them that writing is something worth working at, something worth the effort to improve.” Educator Lanny Ball shares advice on how to commit to writing with students, and how to overcome common obstacles: http://bit.ly/2OjtZQU
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Hear what your Writing Project colleagues and NWP staff have been reading this summer in this roundtable discussion recorded at the NWP Resource Development Retreat, today on #nwpradio: http://bit.ly/2Mxv3jE
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Writing to learn in first grade social studies: with modeling and scaffolding, even very young writers can write in ways that deepen their understandings and connections to content. Contea Fisher and Eileen Shanahan explore: http://bit.ly/2OTW9TS
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“There is an order of operations to connecting with someone and communicating effectively with them, and it doesn’t start generally with your point. It starts with a more human emotional connection.” Watch the keynote conversation with Baratunde Thurston and Joi Ito from this weekend’s inaugural Connected Learning Summit: http://bit.ly/2OjdlkL #connectedlearning
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18 years after its founding, the NWP @ Rider University reaches over 200 teachers per year with its summer institute, afterschool workshops, and annual literacy fair, and aims to begin collaborating with local organizations to expand into the community: http://bit.ly/2vzWylH
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