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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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Zev Levinson is a poet-teacher, long-time Redwood Writing Project teacher-consultant, and the author of Song of Six Rivers, an epic poem recounting one man’s life in the Humboldt Bay region of Northern California. Zev, welcome to the NWP Writers Council! http://bit.ly/2MEEH7v
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“The standardized test is like invisible handcuffs. They are on teachers at all times, restraining them from innovating their teaching for fear of losing points. Everywhere I go, the handcuffs are there.” NWP-Kent State co-director Lori Wilfong and a team of TCs confront the invisible handcuffs during an argument writing book group: http://bit.ly/2MhEIyW
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September 7: Join Connected Learning in Teacher Education (#CLinTE)’s Virtual Writing Retreat! Drop in and out throughout the day, and participate in conversation and writing sessions about #connectedlearning and teacher education: http://bit.ly/2MmRH2b
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Estefano E.’s visual memoir tells the story of their family’s journey to America, and their connection to the #AmericanCreed. See this, and many more student responses to #AmericanCreedPBS, at our youth publishing site: http://bit.ly/2Mw17rt
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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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