Oakland Writing Project News
Teacher Consultants Engaging in National Networks
This past summer, four Oakland Writing Project Teacher Consultants were invited to attend the Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching (ECET2) Seattle convening sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates. Laura Mahler (Clarkston High School), Kristine Butcher (Sashabaw Middle School), Leah Barnett (Royal Oak High School), and Peter Haun (Oak Park High School) were among 450 teachers selected from around the country. The Gates Foundation’s newest overarching slogan is “Trust the Teachers.” The convening, which is designed by teachers, focuses on celebrating the amazing work already being done by teachers and to connect teachers with one another to facilitate learning. Here is a video called “Teachers Deserve…” filmed at ECET2 featuring some teacher leaders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBk2mXtHJ8Q&feature=youtu.be
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National Writing Project
Oakland Writing Project Associate Director Linda Denstaedt will be continuing across 2015-2016 on the NWP College-Ready Writing Program (CRWP) leadership team. In 2013 the National Writing Project received a validation grant from the US Department of Education's Investing in Innovation grant program. This grant provided support for rural districts in ten states. The central goal of the program is to help students become skilled at writing arguments from non-fiction sources. Teachers in each participating district were asked to attend 45 hours of professional development; some in workshop settings, but often in coaching, classroom demonstrations, and co-teaching situations. Materials constructed by teacher-consultants on the CRWP leadership team, site leaders and participating district teachers are available on an NWP/CRWP website: https://sites.google.com/site/nwpcrwp/home/.