When speaking about the National Writing Project, Dr. Sheridan Blau stated that
This model of teacher professional learning sparked a movement that is still growing strong today. More than 200 Writing Project sites can be found across the United States, and these sites continue to use a teachers-teaching-teachers model to build community, capacity, and passion for writing instruction. In this blog, I will highlight the teacher professional learning opportunities and the youth programming offered by one of those sites - the UC Irvine Writing Project (UCIWP).
By Jacob Steiss and Jiali Wang
Students use varied and complex literacy skills to solve problems and communicate their thinking in science, history, and English Language Arts. To support students’ continued development in these areas, teachers need to build students’ literacy skills toward discipline-specific ways of reading and writing. In this blog, we respond to the following questions:
What is disciplinary literacy?
The UC Irvine History Project (UCIHP) strives to help teachers integrate primary sources into classroom so that students can engage with texts like historians. Students will not learn by memorization; instead, they acquire historical thinking and strategies to think through and analyze texts. View the video below for an overview about what UCIHP's professional development is about and in what ways it supports history/social science teachers.
By Jazmin Cruz
In our past blog, Who is [and who is not] in the curriculum?, we highlighted actionable steps we as educators may take to critically examine who is [and is not] represented in our texts and curriculum. We also offered suggestions on how to conduct a book audit and why diverse perspectives are crucial.
In this blog, we extend this work by providing book suggestions that include diverse literature and multicultural, BIPOC in school curricula. The following list was curated by educator and Advisory Board member, Carol Jago.
Guest Blogger: Jeremy Hyler, Michigan Middle School English Teacher
“At its core, multigenre means letting go—letting writers decide”
- Penny Kittle, Write Beside Them
Yes, it is true, I dislike the term “research paper". Since I was an undergrad, it brings nothing but anxiety to me, personally. For my middle school students, it can be downright terrifying, causing negative thoughts about the process of writing a research paper. However, in my experience, if we reimagine the terminology and use “research project,” it is less likely to raise levels of discomfort in my middle school students. On the other hand, as educators, we can’t just change the wording of something we do in our classrooms and expect a magic fix. In this blog, I describe the multigenre research project, and I provide tips for engaging in these projects through distance learning.