Equity & Access Professional Learning

Scaling Up Youth Programs (NWP Radio)


Youth programs invite teachers to apply their experience in new contexts including after-school and summer programs with students, families and their local communities. This NWP Radio show features youth program models from three National Writing Project sites. Teachers who are planning programs for youth may be especially interested in the following segments: (2:16-5:44) which features a discussion of the overall potential and value of youth programs; (28:30-34) which describes program partnerships with museums, national parks and botanical gardens and the key role of teachers in leading the work; (45:15-48:38) which features a discussion of youth programs that work with migrant students. The show also includes a discussion of how youth programs can contribute to the financial stability of a writing project site.

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Duration: 1 hour

Excerpt From Show

In order to overcome all of the impediments and obstacles that we face in really delivering great value…it has to be connected to your core passion and belief. And so we did an advance Summer Institute in June of this year with our site leadership, and we’re continuing to engage with this question, and I think what we’ve come to, is that while we see ourselves in a sense that, ‘Oh, this is the Writing Project and we’re about professional development with teachers,’ really deep behind that is a really deep care about the condition of youth in America and our desire to see young people thrive. But the best chance for young people to thrive is for teachers to thrive. So there’s a real interconnection between working with students directly and working with teachers.


Guests: Mary Buckelew, Carol Minner, and Paul Rogers