Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Model of Change

The Challenge of Change: Growth Through Inquiry at the Western Massachusetts Writing Project

Summary: Authors Susan Connell Biggs, Kevin Hodgson, and Bruce Penniman describe the inquiry approach their site took in responding to both planned and unplanned change at their writing project site. Their account chronicles the creation of a site structure that places the work of the site at the center, providing stability for the site in the midst of changing circumstances. Processes detailed in the monograph will be useful to any local site.

Between 1999 and 2003 the Western Massachusetts Writing Project lost its founding co-director and two-thirds of its funding, and the founding director announced his retirement. These events threatened the very existence of the site.

The authors recount the process of focused inquiry that led to a reorganization of the site, and describe the new structures created to ensure its sustainability.

These structures include shared and rotating leadership, a mentoring task force system that allows for greater access to leadership, website redesign, more purposeful programming, and an ongoing inquiry into the needs, work, and identity of the site. (From nwp.org)

To read more, download the monograph here.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice

Dear Writing Project Colleagues,

I attend many conferences every year, and there is not one conference I enjoy more than the NWT4SJ conference. Last year over 1200 teachers, teacher educators, student teachers, and community activists attended the conference. This year the conference will be held in Seattle on October 17th at Chief Sealth High School in Seattle.

Now is the time to submit your conference proposal. We are looking for detailed proposals with a clear social justice theme. Many of your presentations for your local Writing Project could be tailored for this conference. I have linked the URLs, so you can learn more about the organization, which is a collaboration of teachers from Oregon and Washington, and access the workshop proposal application. We receive no money from corporations.  

Our keynote this year is David Stovall:

See you in Seattle.


Linda Christensen

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Writing Weekend Prompt

Write along with the Pre-Institute participants! The Pre-Institute began last night and continues today at NDSU in Fargo.

Here is our morning prompt: What are some best practices in learning to write or writing to learn that you could share in a teaching demonstration? What are some issues/problems/questions in writing that you are curious about?