Leading Professional Learning

Coaching and the Invitational Summer Institute

Author: Susan Bennett Summary: This is a succinct overview on the role of coaching in the Summer Institute at the Redwood Writing Project. The document describes the relationship between the coach and the person being coached, carefully laying the groundwork for a supportive and collaborative, non-evaluative relationship. While the piece...

School Partnerships: A Year of Professional Development

Author: Mark Dziedzic Summary: Is your site currently working in or working to develop a school partnership? If so this rich resource offers a year-long calendar of events for one in-school partnership project, with links to materials used for each session. In addition to the year-long calendar, program leaders will...

Stages of Team Development: Lessons from the Struggles of Site-Based Management

Author: Nancy Mohr and Alan Dichter Summary: Teams are a powerful way to organize site or school leadership, but building a community capable of transforming teaching and learning can be a bumpy process. Drawing on research findings and their own experiences, Nancy Mohr and Alan Dicther offer advice on navigating common...

Teachers Writing for Publication: Tips from a Teacher, Author, and Editor

Author: Louann Reid Summary: Written by a former journal editor, this article provides advice about developing teacher voice and in-depth information about getting published in a range of professional forums. The piece offers useful content for writing retreats, and other events/activities related to teachers’ professional writing.

The C3WP Badge Series: Guidance Criteria for Sites Awarding Badges to Participants and Leaders

Author: The National Writing Project Summary: The National Writing Project offers three badges to educators who have participated in the College, Career, and Community Writers Program, recognizing participation in teaching, facilitating professional learning, and designing professional development. This page details the guidance criteria for each badge.

“Mizzou Men” Explore Their Roles as Men in the Elementary School Classroom

Summary: Focusing on an inquiry group comprised of men who teach in elementary schools, this article discusses the unique issues faced by this group and how an inquiry process can support them in addressing those issues and sharing successful strategies. It includes the reading/viewing protocol used by the group to...

How Teachers Become Leaders (the Epilogue)

Author: Ann Lieberman and Linda Friedrich Summary: The epilogue to Ann Lieberman and Linda Friedrich’s excellent book on teacher leadership, How Teacher Become Leaders, highlights three overarching themes that emerged during their study: teacher leadership is reframed as advocacy for students and transparency of practice, NWP participation was foundational to...

Becoming Your Own Expert—Teachers as Writers

Author: Tim Gillespie Summary: In this brief article, the author argues that teachers need to write so that their teaching of writing can be “based on knowledge we have earned ourselves…. We don’t need to give up our curriculum to experts. We can just watch ourselves write.” In recounting what...

Seeing Academic Writing with a New “I”

Author: Rebecca Feldbusch Summary: How often do we tell our students (or ourselves) that making personal connections will strengthen their writing, and yet when it comes to academic writing warn against employing the evil “I”? In this essay, Rebecca Feldbusch pushes back against the strong admonitions of teachers across the...

C3WP: Extended Research Arguments

Summary: This resource from NWP’s College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP) includes actual assignments, student work, and interviews with teachers about one student’s process. The “Extended Research Argument” video is a good introduction to the resource, inviting you to explore the ideas behind extended argument and demonstrating how to...