Leading Professional Learning

Multi-Session Calendar for School-Based Professional Development

Author: Katelin Grande Summary: This blueprint/plan for a multi-day professional development series was created by teacher-consultants from the Hudson Valley Writing Project. Along with illustrating how reading, writing, and inquiry strands were designed strategically for the series, this plan also serves as a calendar for teacher-participants and includes time considerations....

“Save the Last Word for Me” Protocol

Author: Patricia Averette Summary: This protocol is designed for participants to clarify and deepen thinking about readings groups may engage with as part of an institute, teacher study group, or professional meeting. It provides a structure that enables group participants to engage in close reading and share their thinking in...

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...

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.

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...

How Geeky Is Your Book Club?

Author: Christina Cantrill Summary: Teacher leaders looking for opportunities to engage with new professional literature online, either personally or with colleagues in a study group, might find the Marginal Syllabus a useful support structure. This article describes the genesis of the Marginal Syllabus and points to ways for teacher-leaders to get...

“Let’s Talk”: Building a Bridge Between Home and School

Author: Catherine Humphrey Summary: How do we create opportunities for both our students and their parents to be involved in assignments that generate a sense that the writing being done is “real”? The author of this piece provides a window into an initial essay assignment that prompted her high school...

Writing Together, at Home and Online

Summary: A sojourn at home can be the occasion for lots of creativity around topics and projects of interest. For those with internet access and a suitable devices, there are also ways to connect with others as you write. Here are some of our favorites from our colleague organizations in...

Peer Review Times Two

Author: Denise Marchionda Summary: If you are developing or facilitating a professional development program that includes peer editing as a topic/theme/strand you will want to check out Denise Marchionda’s “two-peer editing system.” Marchionda shares the checklist and specific step-by-step directions she has students follow in her class when editing/reviewing one...

Changing Teaching from Within: Teachers as Leaders

Author: Ann Lieberman & Linda Friedrich Summary: For sites and individuals interested in exploring why teachers become leaders in their schools and communities and how they move into positions of leadership, this paper and accompanying slides provide a rich and in-depth look at stories from a research study of NWP...