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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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Willow McCormick of the Oregon Writing Project illustrates how writing and reading letters can be used as an entry point to talk with students about institutionalized racism and the Civil Rights Movement. In tackling these difficult conversations, McCormick offers insightful guidance for introducing young students to the concept of social justice through primary source documents. http://bit.ly/2rgQkqu

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Next week: join the Educator Innovator community in a group reading and annotation (“annotathon”) of a chapter from Bronwyn LaMay’s book, Personal Narrative Revised. Explore the power of personal writing to unlock student creativity and agency, while experiencing the usefulness of online annotation and peer collaboration: http://bit.ly/2pejxlQ

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The Teacher Practice Networks initiative works to build capacity for teacher leadership and peer learning through partnerships between districts and outside organizations: http://bit.ly/2rpIrQ1

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Civics educator Eric Liu on the relationship between narrative and power, and why it is so important that students learn to think about how power operates: http://bit.ly/2r4Kwhr

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The Common Core State Standards call for students to be able to write over different time frames, and for "a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences." Sandra Murphy and Mary Ann Smith break down this concept of "range" and propose a portfolio model for cultivating and assessing it, providing suggestions and guiding questions for the interested educator. http://bit.ly/2pVAo9i

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“Speaking of magic, there’s something about making sense of your own thoughts, feelings, and ideas that sparks creativity and, as we like to say around here, moves the writer.” Five creative ideas for giving students (and teachers) the opportunity for reflection in a variety of media: http://bit.ly/2qkLAN5

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Next week: learn how you can use Twine—an open-source tool for nonlinear digital storytelling—in teaching, blogging, and research: http://bit.ly/2q4Y76f

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Teacher leadership is a hot topic, but what exactly is it and how can we foster it? We convene with directors from three other teacher leadership organizations, the Edcamp Foundation, the Math Teachers' Circle Network, and Teaching Matters, to discuss teacher leadership and the good it can do in the world: http://bit.ly/2o02qUa

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How are teacher educators working to leverage the language, opportunity, and design principles of #connectedlearning with preservice teachers? This Thursday on #nwpradio: http://bit.ly/2qd79il

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Adding short sprints to the writing classroom with “minute papers,” spurring creativity, class discussion, and even formative assessment: http://bit.ly/2rdUX5c
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