Leading Professional Learning

A Year in the Life of a Director

Summary: This graphic/timeline of “A Year in the Life of a Director” encapsulates the management responsibilities and initiatives necessary to keep things running at a local site. This tool is helpful in assisting site leaders and program coordinators with funding deadlines, reporting deadlines, and organizational leadership meetings.

Curating a Writing Museum: A Protocol

Summary: This protocol introduces an activity professional development facilitators can use to guide participants in creating a “museum gallery walk” to study their students’ writing. The activity would work well after participants have experimented with new writing instruction in their classrooms and are ready for a collegial review of student...

James Gray On Coaching: An Excerpt from Teachers at the Center

Author: James Gray Summary: Coaching the development of successful workshops is a key step in preparing teachers to become professional development leaders. In this excerpt from Teachers at the Center, NWP founder James Gray shares some of the early insights that informed the practice of coaching teachers as they prepare...

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...

Pre-Retreat Coaching Leads to a More Successful Writing Retreat

Author: Rebeca García-González Summary: This article describes how pre-retreat coaching can be organized to deepen the effectiveness of a Professional Writing Retreat. This scaffolding prior to the event can be designed to help participants refine, adjust, or modify their writing plans and help build an early connection to a veteran...

The Writing Assessment Badge Series: Guidance Criteria

Summary: The National Writing Project awards badges to educators who have taken part in NWP scoring events. The badges recognize educators’ invaluable contributions as Scorers, Table Leaders, or Room Leaders. The guidance criteria for earning each badge are detailed on this page.

Learning About Ourselves from Looking at Others

Author: Mary Anne Smith Summary: In this short article, Mary Ann Smith describes a session she attends with several veterinarians who have brought their case studies to a group of their colleagues for response. Comparing their practice to that of teachers sharing student work, Smith reflects upon the foundations of...

Technology in the English Learner Classroom?

Author: Judith Rance-Roney Summary: How can new technologies foster the love of writing for students in the English learner classroom? How can our integration of technology narrow the digital divide? Sites or schools looking for specific ideas and strategies to frame a conference workshop or PD session might easily draw...

Incorporating Multigenre Writing in the Social Studies Classroom

Author: Kari Scheidel Summary: Noting the gap between the level of sophistication of her students’ writing in writing workshop and in social studies, teacher Kari Scheidel reflected upon her teaching practice, asking “How do I use writing effectively in social studies?” and “How do I find time for it?” In...

Ten Prompts to Help Turn Your Demonstration into an Article

Author: Art Petersen Summary: This brief list of prompts is designed to help teachers think about turning teaching demonstrations into professional articles. The prompts could help launch a writing retreat or encourage teachers to move towards publishing their classroom inquiry projects.