Leading Professional Learning

Book Review: Inquiry as Stance: Practitioner Research for the Next Generation

Author: Elizabeth Radin Simmons Summary: The reviewer provides useful examples of how Cochran-Smith & Lytle’s book might support teacher inquiry practices. Initially put off by the fact that most authors were university professors, the reviewer soon found much value when reading the book from the perspective of a school coach....

National School Reform Faculty: Learning Communities Protocols and Activities

Summary: This extensive collection of protocols and strategies from the National School Reform Faculty is an essential resource for those facilitating professional development. There are protocols on everything from looking at student work to professional dialogue on problematic classroom scenarios to discussing shared readings.

Investing in the Improvement of Education: Lessons to be Learned from the National Writing Project

Author: Mark St. John, Laura Stokes Summary: This research report examines the impact of the National Writing Project in the context of decades of educational improvement efforts, highlighting the NWP’s success in building durable infrastructure for long-term, sustained school improvement efforts, and arguing that this success serves as a model...

Developing Leadership and Site Capacity Through Program Evaluation and Research

Author: Paul M. Rogers Summary: This article describes how, supported by a grant to engage in multi-year research into their site’s professional development work in high needs schools, leaders at the South Coast Writing Project gathered and analyzed data from nine teachers and their students…surveys, interviews, classroom observations, and collections...

Resources for Supporting an Online Writing Community

Summary: For a team interested in developing and supporting an online writing community, this introduction to the NWP’s former E-Anthology describes the role of responding to writing in developing community, gives helpful hints about responding online, offers a response protocol, and provides an example of a productive exchange between responders,...

Literature for Adults in the Time of Pandemics

Summary: Movie suggestions, lists of TV series to binge, virus playlists, and newly created livestreams of cultural events are being posted on Twitter all the time. But many NWP folks are turning to books while they “self-quarantine.” You can find reading suggestions on Twitter through the hashtag #quarantinereading, but we...

Wobbling in Public: Supporting New and Experienced Teachers

Author: Antero Garcia and Cindy O’Donnell-Allen Summary: Who is an expert teacher? Who is a novice? This article will be of interest to teacher educators and to experienced teachers working with colleagues who are new to the profession. The authors describe the ways in which teachers who appear “expert” to...

Annotated Bibliography for NWP Professional Writing Retreats

Summary: The purpose of this annotated bibliography is to showcase examples of writing that were developed at NWP Professional Writing Retreats. From pieces on teacher practice to books about the teaching of writing, this bibliography has something of interest for teachers interested in developing their own or learning from other...

Strengthen Your Work with New Teachers

Summary: Teacher leaders developing or jumping into an existing program for early career educators will find this brief overview from NWP’s New Teacher Initiative useful. Included in the overview is an annotated bibliography of key readings you will want to consider using with your new teachers. The readings are conveniently organized into...

Orientations for the Teaching of Writing: A Legacy of the National Writing Project

Author: Anne Whitney and Linda Friedrich Summary: In this comprehensive review and analysis of a qualitative study of twenty years of interviews with NWP Invitational Institute participants, researchers Whitney and Friedrich conclude that NWP’s influence on participating teachers over time and across settings resulted in their adopting a set of...