Professional Development

AUTHOR: Vicki Collet
FROM THE BLOG: “Lesson Study keeps the power for change in teachers’ hands. As a sustainable cycle for growth, it empowers teachers as they respond to the varied needs of learners. It is professional learning that treats teachers as professionals.”

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The WRITE Center, a national research and development center focusing on secondary writing, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the UCI School of Education, and the National Writing Project hosted free livestreaming events that showcased three acclaimed authors of professional books for teachers on academic reading and writing. Jim Burke: Wednesday, June 26 Read More

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AUTHOR: Kim Jaxon
FROM THE BLOG: Kim Jaxon shares how her Writing Project site has experimented with using digital spaces to provide greater access to professional development for rural educators.

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AUTHOR: Katie McKay
FROM THE BLOG: Katie McKay shares the process and examples of student work from a year-long journey of deep professional development to create responsive curriculum that grows authentic, enthusiastic, and motivated writers in elementary classrooms.

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AUTHOR: Sarah Jackson
FROM THE BLOG: A unique collaboration encouraged educators to take their students out of classrooms and into public spaces and parks to write and create.

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AUTHOR: Mark Dziedzic
FROM THE BLOG: “Connect. Collaborate. Learn. Yes, that was the conference tagline, but more importantly, that tagline established the guiding principles from inception to completion of the conference.”

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AUTHOR: Kate Rowley
FROM THE BLOG: Kate Rowley writes on how a team of UCLA Writing Project teacher-consultants worked to bring meaningful literacy and writing experiences to English learners whose classrooms often exist in isolation, using resources from our College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP).

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AUTHOR: Nicole Mirra
FROM THE BLOG: From Connected Learning to Connected Teaching, a special issue of CITE Journal, examines the need to bring the transformative principles of connected learning into teacher education, and explores some of the work already underway.

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AUTHOR: Bud Hunt
FROM THE BLOG: A reflection from Bud Hunt on NWP’s Building New Pathways to Leadership initiative.

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AUTHOR: Debbie Bell
FROM THE BLOG: When teachers hear the term “professional development,” they often think of long mandatory days of listening to speakers and administrators talk about issues that do not pertain to their teaching. I speak flippantly about these “workshops” because I endured them for over sixteen years as a middle school teacher before teaching on the university level. However, the more I work with teachers, especially through the writing project on campus, the more I realize that teachers truly want professional time to learn how to employ new pedagogical strategies to help their students. How do we, writing project sites, meet the needs of these teachers?

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