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NWP Radio is a program provided by the National Writing Project as an education resource on a broad range of topics for educators in and out of school.

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Reports from the Field: The Pleasures and Perils of Working in Under-Resourced Schools

Join us for a discussion of the twists and turns of doing intensive professional development in high-need schools with facilitators from sites participating in NWP's College, Career, and Community Writers Program Professional Development in a High-Need School grant.

8 Feb 2018

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Assignments Matter: Creating Engaging Writing Assignments

Listen as teacher-consultants from around the network discuss the relationship between the quality of writing assignments and the quality of writing that students produce, and share the impacts of their own work collaborating with the Literacy Design Collaborative and NWP's Assignments Matter initiative to design creative, engaging writing tasks.

21 Sep 2017

Rank #2

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The Common Sense Census: Inside the 21st Century Classroom

Join us for a discussion of a new report by Common Sense Media, The Common Sense Census: Inside the 21st-Century Classroom, which explores how K–12 educators have adapted to critical shifts in technology in schools and society. Our guests discuss the benefits of teaching lifelong digital citizenship skills along with the challenges of preparing students to critically evaluate online information and how educators across the country are adapting in today's fast-changing digital world. Guests Kim Douillard, Director, San Diego Area Writing Project Tanner Higgin, Director of Education Editorial Strategy, Common Sense Education Kaili Hwang, Foundations Manager, Common Sense Education Erin Wilkey Oh, Executive Editor of Education Content & Distribution, Common Sense Media Christina Cantrill, Associate Director of National Programs, National Writing Project Related Links Common Sense Census: Inside the 21st Century Classroom "Which digital citizenship skills do students need most" "4 ways to improve digital equity in your classroom" "Smart Tech Use for Equity"

49mins

22 Jun 2019

Rank #3

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C3WP Expands to Upper Elementary

The National Writing Project's successful i3 College Readiness Writers Program is expanding. With a new name—College, Community, and Career Writers Program (C3WP)—the program now includes upper elementary teachers in advanced institutes for SEED and High-Need Schools grants. Over the next year, C3WP elementary teachers in advanced institutes will explore on-ramps to argument writing for 4th-6th-grade students. Join us for a conversation with elementary educators and site leaders as they share their thoughts on including argument writing skills in upper elementary curricula and their experiences with the new C3WP Upper Elementary resources.

9 Nov 2017

Rank #4

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Modernizing the Old School Essay

How can we rethink writing instruction to support students in writing authentic pieces about real world issues that matter to them? How can we move beyond the "old school essay" and invite students to write compositions that reflect what we see in real world writing? These are the questions the authors address in the book Real Writing: Modernizing the Old School Essay. Join NWP Radio to hear about this book and the practical strategies the coauthors have used to engage their students in civically engaged writing. Guests Include: Rachel Bear (Host) Mitchell Nobis Carrie Nobis Dawn Reed Dirk Schulze

45mins

7 Jun 2018

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Resources to Support Youth Engagement with Writing Our Future: American Creed

Meet colleagues and partners involved in engaging youth and community conversations emerging from the documentary American Creed. Educators from Facing History and Ourselves and #shareyourlearning join us to talk through resources and support materials they have created to support dialogue and youth publishing in diverse classrooms and communities across the country. Guests: Michelle Clark, Share Your Learning KC Kourtz, Facing History and Ourselves Links from the Show: Writing Our Future: American Creed (youth publishing site) American Creed (documentary) Share Your Learning Resources for American Creed Facing History and Ourselves Resources for American Creed Facing History and Ourselves Student Writing

52mins

21 Jun 2018

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Poets of the NWP Writers Council: An Interview with Cyrus Armajani

Join us for another installment of our poetry mini-series as part of the 2018 National Poetry Month with interviews of NWP Writers Council members who will talk with us about their poetry, their writing, their process, and more. This episode features Cyrus Armajani, author of Benefits of Doubt.

17mins

7 May 2018

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Planning Powerful Instruction

Planning Powerful Instruction is a guide for transforming student outcomes through instructional planning. Its a seven-step framework that gives teachers techniques proven to help students develop insight and understanding. Join host Tanya Baker for a conversation with authors Jeff Wilhelm, Rachel Bear, and Adam Fachler. Guests Jeff Wilhelm, Professor of English Education, Boise State University Rachel Bear, Senior Program Associate, National Writing Project Adam Fachler, Education Consultant Related Links Planning Powerful Instruction Planning Powerful Instruction, Grades 6-12 companion website Master Planning & Instruction to Be the Teacher They Always Remember “What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew”, Kyle Schwartz, TEDxKyoto

36mins

20 Dec 2019

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Write Out: Place-Based Making with Writing Project Sites and National Parks

Writers reside inside internal landscapes. They traverse the contours of stories and poems, learning and understanding. They turn pen on paper and characters on screens into art. They write for themselves as much as for the world. This summer, we hope to encourage you to take your writing and teaching self outside, into the natural wonders of the open and historical spaces, and explore through the eyes of connected teachers and connected learners. Join us for this episode of NWP Radio to learn more about Write Out and imagine with us ways we can connect. Guests: Christina Cantrill, Host, National Writing Project Cris Constantine, Education Program Manager with the National Park Service, Northeast Region Susan Cook, Chief of Interpretation and Resource Management, Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska Dorothy Luongo, Hudson Valley Writing Project Teacher-Consultant, 5th Grade Teacher at the Poughkeepsie Day School Bethany Silva, Philadelphia Writing Project Teacher-Consultant, director of the Community Literacy Center at the University of New Hampshire. Links from the Show: Write Out website More about Write Out at Educator Innovator

59mins

24 May 2018

Rank #9

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TopSecretStoryBox

Shhhh.... We are going to tell you a secret, a top secret secret. Come listen in to hear about the Top Secret YA Story Box Project. We will talk to authors, teachers, and others who are excited to give you a peek inside the top secret story box.

40mins

20 Oct 2017

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Marginal Syllabus 2019-20 (November)—Whiteness is a White Problem: Whiteness in English Education

Author Samuel Jaye Tanner joins us to talk about his article, "Whiteness is a White Problem: Whiteness in English Education." Our guests discuss how white people in an American context have problems with race that are distinct from the racism people of color experience, and how white English educators can rethink their roles in dismantling white supremacy. This discussion launches the second iteration of LEARN, a Marginal Syllabus co-developed with the National Writing Project (NWP) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). During each month, from November to June during the 2019-20 academic year, we will collaboratively read and discuss an article, published in four different NCTE journals, that investigates the intersection of literacy and equity. Refer to the 2019-20 syllabus for information on all the annotatable readings; these will go “live” on the first Monday of each month, along with related events hosted by the National Writing Project. Guests Sam Tanner, Assistant Professor, PennState Andrea Zellner, Literacy Consultant, Oakland Schools (MI) Christina Cantrill, Associate Director of National Programs, National Writing Project Joe Dillon, Co-Founder, Marginal Syllabus; Teacher, Rangeview High School in Aurora Public Schools in Colorado; Denver Writing Project Teacher-Consultant Remi Kalir, Co-Founder, Marginal Syllabus; Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development Related Links "Whiteness is a White Problem: Whiteness in English Education" 2019-20 Marginal Syllabus

56mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #11

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LEARN Marginal Syllabus (February)—Praisesongs of Place: Youth Envisioning Space and Place

Our February reading for the 2019-20 Literacy, Equity + Remarkable Notes = LEARN Marginal Syllabus explores the multiliteracies among youth of color who constructed tributes to the city of Detroit and envisioned strengths in their communities. Researchers Vaughn W. M. Watson and Alecia Beymer write about the after-school Verses Project at Detroit’s Community Music School. This article describes the multimodal processes of young writers as they compose in a genre the authors describe as “praisesongs of place.” Guests Vaughn W. M. Watson, Assistant Professor; Michigan State University Alecia Beymer, Doctoral Candidate; Michigan State University Charise McBride, Doctoral Candidate; University of California, Berkeley Nobuko Fujita, Learning Specialist; University of Windsor Christina Cantrill, Associate Director, Programs; National Writing Project Remi Kalir, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado; Co-Founder, Marginal Syllabus

1hr 8mins

12 Feb 2020

Rank #12

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Teachers’ Inquiries into Integrating Historical Primary Sources with Traditional Fictional Texts

Learn how two teachers from the Philadelphia Writing Project paired primary sources with traditional fictional texts in their classrooms to provide opportunities for students to “read the world and the word.” Guests Latricia Whitfield (co-host), Ph.D. Candidate, Penn Graduate School of Education Beth Patten, Teacher, Kutztown Middle School Jen Freed, Teacher, Springfield High School Christina Cantrill (co-host), Associate Director of National Programs, National Writing Project Links from the Show Penn Graduate School of Education Philadelphia Writing Project on Twitter and Facebook Teaching with Primary Sources Network Project Zero Visual Thinking Strategies Pulitzer Center Ed Resources

39mins

25 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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Teachers’ Inquiries into Integrating Historical Primary Sources with Traditional Fictional Texts

Learn how two teachers from the Philadelphia Writing Project paired primary sources with traditional fictional texts in their classrooms to provide opportunities for students to “read the world and the word.” Guests Latricia Whitfield (co-host), Ph.D. Candidate, Penn Graduate School of Education Beth Patten, Teacher, Kutztown Middle School Jen Freed, Teacher, Springfield High School Christina Cantrill (co-host), Associate Director of National Programs, National Writing Project Links from the Show Penn Graduate School of Education Philadelphia Writing Project on Twitter and Facebook Teaching with Primary Sources Network Project Zero Visual Thinking Strategies Pulitzer Center Ed Resources

39mins

25 Apr 2019

Rank #14

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Teaching Writers to Reflect

Listen to our visit with Anne Whitney, Colleen McCracken, and Deana Washell who discuss their work with elementary-school writers and their new book Teaching Writers to Reflect: Strategies for a More Thoughtful Writing Workshop.

41mins

13 Jun 2019

Rank #15

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Everybody’s Vaguely Familiar: Jack Powers, Poetry & A Career of Teaching Writing

We kick-off National Poetry Month by visiting with poet and teacher Jack Powers, celebrating the publication of his new book, Everybody’s Vaguely Familiar. We'll also discuss his successful career in teaching writing as a National Writing Project fellow and ways to celebrate National Poetry Month throughout April. Guests Jack Powers, Poet; Teacher at Joel Barlow High School Tanya Baker (Host), Director of National Programs, National Writing Project Bryan Ripley Crandall (Co-Host), Director, Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield Related Links Everybody's Vaguely Familiar "Fairfield Author Publishes First Poetry Collection" National Poetry Month Poem in Your Pocket Day Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield

56mins

11 Apr 2019

Rank #16

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Going High

For this episode of NWP Radio we speak with organizers and participants of the upcoming NCTE Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning Annual Summer Conference, this year focusing on Learning to Go High: Re-Awakening Hope through Education. We discuss what to expect at the conference, and talk about what Writing Project teachers and teams can do to deliberately generate hope in their own schools and communities.

59mins

5 Apr 2018

Rank #17

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C3WP Using Sources Tool: A Student-Driven Assessment for Learning

The most important writing assessment that happens in any school is the assessment that goes on in students' heads when analyzing the quality of their own writing. The College, Career and Community Writers Program's Student Using Sources Tool (UST) empowers students to own their learning of argument writing. Join site leaders, teachers, and students as they share their experiences using the Student UST to advance student learning. Links from the Show Student Using Sources Tool Teachers Using Sources Tool College, Career, Community Writers Program (C3WP) Assessment for Learning Project Guests Lynette Herring-Harris, Host, Senior Program Associate with the National Writing Project Heather Payne, Ozarks Writing Project, Thinking Partner for NWP’s Assessment for Learning Project Susan King, Ozarks Writing Project, Practicing Teacher at Lebanon County Middle School in Missouri Maddie (8th Grade), Missouri Jana Moore, Upstate Writing Project Teacher Leader, Practicing Teacher at Union County High School in South Carolina Madeline (9th Grade), South Carolina

21mins

17 May 2018

Rank #18

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Youth Civic Engagement and Public Writing: CEWAC and American Creed

Join Writing Project colleagues who have been working at the intersections of the Writing Our Futures: American Creed project and the development of the Civically Engaged Writing Analysis Continuum (CEWAC). They have been exploring how we might use CEWAC to support youth in preparing their writing for public audience and dissemination. This episode also includes video with screen-sharing to show student work. Guests for this show include: Paul Allison, New York City Writing Project Janelle Bence, North Star of Texas Writing Project Stan Pesick, Bay Area Writing Project

58mins

10 May 2018

Rank #19

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Poets of the NWP Writers Council: An Interview with Jimmy Santiago Baca

Join us for two of three NWP Radio episodes, as we close out the 2018 National Poetry Month with interviews of NWP Writers Council members who will talk with us about their poetry, their writing, their process, and more. Part two features Jimmy Santiago Baca, an award-winning American poet and educator of Chicano descent.

20mins

27 Apr 2018

Rank #20