A #blog4nwp in Which I Ask for Your Assistance. Urgently.

  1.  Get the word out about the power of the NWP
  2.  Ask people with access to money if the NWP could have some.
You may not know much about the project, so I thought I’d tell you a little bit more before I ask you to do at least one of those two things. #

  1.  The best teachers of writing are writers themselves.
  2.  The best teachers of teachers are teachers themselves.
  3.  The best way to make a difference in classrooms is to invest in thoughtful reflective inquiry and practice among teachers and their students.  Cross pollinate like crazy, and let teachers be teachers.
They’d say it a little bit differently, but I’m thinking that, if you know me at all, as a teacher, as a learner, as a colleague or as a writer, then you know the National Writing Project.  I am the professional that I am in no small measure due to my exposure to the NWP, our local affiliate the , the influence of the NWP on my teachers and professors, and my interactions with NWP colleagues and friends around the country. #

  • Write your Congressperson and tell them of the importance of the National Writing Project. NCTE has an easy to use form.
  • Call your Congresspeople to follow up.  Repeatedly.  It’s okay.  They work for us.  Be polite.
  • Write publicly about your exposure to and experience with the work of the NWP or your desire to fund work like the NWP’s.
  • Help NWP teachers find venues to share their expertise and remind them to mention the NWP as they do so.  Offer them conference and unconference sessions where they can write with your organization.
  • Write a #blog4nwp.
  • Borrow these easy tweets.  Post them.  Often.
Fundraising: #

  • Make a donation to the NWP
  • Write your Congressperson, etc.
  • Investigate hiring your to do some inservice in your area.  They work for reasonable rates and you’ll get a high quality, teacher-led and centered experience.
  • Ask the people you know that work for foundations and corporations if they’re aware of the awesomeness of the National Writing Project.  Introduce them.  Politely ask for support.
  • You know that uncle or cousin or whatever that you’ve not spoken to in forever who went to work for that person that is in charge of whatever it was?  Drop them a note and let them know about the NWP.
I hope that you’re able to take one or more of these actions to help ensure that the National Writing Project remains a viable force for teaching, learning and writing into the 22nd Century.  And hopefully longer.  Writing doesn’t go out of style – it just keeps changing. #

  1. I’m emailing this to pretty much everyone I’ve ever known. I’m posting it here and everywhere else I can because I don’t yet have everyone’s email address.  It’s a big world.  Feel free to share this with whomever you’d like.  I’d consider it a favor if you would. []
  2. You can read more about the history of the NWP in James Gray’s memoir about its founding, Teachers at the Center.  I’m reading it right now – and it’s quite useful. []

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