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Reading Together at NWP Sites and Beyond

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More Thoughts on Reading in the Invitational Institute
By Lucy Ware
 As co-director of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, Lucy Ware decided to remake her site's approach to selecting readings for the Invitational Leadership Institute. Her framing of the problem and participatory solution could work for any site team concerned that the connection between teachers' shared practice and the wider literature needs refreshing. While today's institutes are probably building a shared online repository rather than a common file box, what gets into our shared spaces and how continues to be a key question in the reading strand at any NWP site.
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Creating Spaces for Study and Action Under the Social Justice Umbrella
By Marlene Carter, Norma Mota-Altman, and Faye Peitzman
This monograph provides an in-depth look at the UCLA Writing Project's approach to exploring two social justice concerns—matters of race and issues of homophobia—and the design of two multiyear study groups that engage the learning community at the site. The authors chronicle how both study groups were moved to take action as a result of their work together, and describes the programs they created and the impacts of these programs. Finally, the authors reflect on how these study groups have impacted the work of their site, and on the significance of nurtur­ing long-term, focused continuity work for teachers. The monograph would be useful for teacher leaders interested in organizing and leading study groups focused on social justice issues, and/or in learning about strategies that support honest conversations among thoughtful colleagues.
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How Geeky Is Your Book Club?
By Christina Cantrill
Teacher leaders looking for opportunities to engage with new professional literature online, either personally or with colleagues in a study group, might find the Marginal Syllabus a useful support structure. This article describes the genesis of the Marginal Syllabus and points to ways for teacher-leaders to get involved or visit its archives.
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Books + Talk + Teachers = NWP Radio
By National Writing Project
Since 2010, NWP Radio has been a source of information and perspectives from scholars and educators across the NWP network. Many NWP Radio episodes feature conversations with educator-authors about their new books, making the NWP Radio archive an excellent source of ideas for new reading experiences at local sites. 
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In 1974, NWP leaders could put together a full collection of the modern scholarship on the teaching of writing suitable for exhaustive coverage in the Invitational Institute.

It only took a few years for that to no longer be possible, due in part to the enthusiasm for professional writing the NWP unleashed in teachers and scholars.

New publishers such as Boynton Cook, Heinemann, and Stenhouse filled catalogs with books sparked by the “new literacies” studies and practice, and NWP itself contributed significant scholarship through NCTE journals and its own journal, The Quarterly. Publishers like Teachers College Press, Routledge, and Jossey-Bass similarly began to include titles on writing.

Now, the challenge is abundance, and in the face of abundance teacher-leaders are thinking freshly about selecting readings, developing approaches to organizing reading/study groups, using digital tools for annotation, and sometimes revisiting the “foundational texts” such as those tagged ‘Key Reading’ here at the Knowledge Base for Write/Learn/Lead.

In this collection, we bring together some reflections from NWP leaders of the past on reading in the invitational and in study groups along with an introduction to digitally-powered approaches like the Marginal Syllabus. And as always, NWP Radio is a source for hearing about new selections for practitioners.

And for the history-minded, check out this written dialog about the readings in the Bay Area Writing Project’s Invitational Institute over its first 25 years.

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Creating Spaces for Study and Action Under the Social Justice Umbrella
By Marlene Carter, Norma Mota-Altman, and Faye Peitzman
This monograph provides an in-depth look at the UCLA Writing Project's approach to exploring two social justice concerns—matters of race and issues of homophobia—and the design of two multiyear study groups that engage the learning community at the site. The authors chronicle how both study groups were moved to take action as a result of their work together, and describes the programs they created and the impacts of these programs. Finally, the authors reflect on how these study groups have impacted the work of their site, and on the significance of nurtur­ing long-term, focused continuity work for teachers. The monograph would be useful for teacher leaders interested in organizing and leading study groups focused on social justice issues, and/or in learning about strategies that support honest conversations among thoughtful colleagues.
Read more
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How Geeky Is Your Book Club?
By Christina Cantrill
Teacher leaders looking for opportunities to engage with new professional literature online, either personally or with colleagues in a study group, might find the Marginal Syllabus a useful support structure. This article describes the genesis of the Marginal Syllabus and points to ways for teacher-leaders to get involved or visit its archives.
Read more
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Books + Talk + Teachers = NWP Radio
By National Writing Project
Since 2010, NWP Radio has been a source of information and perspectives from scholars and educators across the NWP network. Many NWP Radio episodes feature conversations with educator-authors about their new books, making the NWP Radio archive an excellent source of ideas for new reading experiences at local sites. 
Read more