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NWP Teacher-Researcher Badge: Guidance Criteria

Curators notes:

The National Writing Project’s Teacher-Researcher Badge indicates that the recipient has completed teacher research as part of a leadership program at a local Writing Project site or through an initiative of the National Writing Project and is recognized as a teacher-leader with expertise in this topic at their local Writing Project site and/or by the national network.

What does it mean to be micro-credentialed as a teacher-researcher at the National Writing Project (NWP)? Teacher research is one of the core social practices of National Writing Project teacher-leaders. This badge acknowledges teachers who exemplify an action-oriented reflective stance in their own research on teaching and learning.

Connection to Core Principles: NWP teachers demonstrate a deep knowledge of teaching developed through study, research, and reflection. Teacher-leaders engage in meaningful inquiry about how different practices affect student learning. This badge recognizes the efforts
of teachers to develop and strengthen their writing instruction through the research cycle.

NWP Micro-credential: Teacher-Researcher

Someone who earns this badge has had a substantial engagement with teacher research. They likely developed a research question, came up with a plan for teaching/research, collected and analyzed data, and reflected on student learning in relation to the research question.

They may have participated in these possible experiences:

  • Designing and carrying out teacher research
  • Collaborating with one or more teachers in studying student learning.
  • Collecting and evaluating data related to student learning.
  • Presenting their teacher research to groups of teachers, either at Writing Project
    workshops or at their school sites.
  • Using the results of their teacher inquiry to revise curricula or suggest new directions for
    further inquiry.
  • Serving as a resource for other teachers who are studying their own classroom practice.
This post is part of the NWP Badges collection.