Summer Series of Saves: Dismantling the Essay (III)

Black women are superheroes. pic.twitter.com/9s2bssliqW — Oliver Willis (@owillis) July 5, 2018 Ok, America. Your July 4th/Independence Day thing is coming up. Here are a few things that I think you should re-read or read for the first time. I have included audio where possible so you don’t have any excuses. 1/ pic.twitter.com/lRMiYroS1s — Val Brown (@ValeriaBrownEdu) July 3, 2018 My goal this summer includes curating a new concept of what an essay is and can be.  I sent my request out to the good educators on Twitter, tagging @ncte and @writingproject, and received a few ideas. Some switched up…

CCSS + Writing Instruction Reflection

If you read one article this summer, my mentor Holly might suggest this one: Are modern standards breeding a decline in cultural literacy? I highly recommend it, too. This post is getting messy. Filled with bits of type and text, like overcooked alphabet soup. Consider it a link festival, full of rabbit holes and mad hatter tea parties. The question presented is now that CCSS is established in many states, what have we lost or gained? Reminder to read and understand how to move forward with CCSS in ELA/SS: CCSS Back in 2013, Dr. Gentry published an article, “Will Common…

National Writing Project (NWP): Yes, in my backyard…

Call this shameless promotion. Accuse me of having an agenda. I do. An important one. As I approach my ninth year of teaching, as I begin to sift through the hours of professional development, stale staff meetings, and reform, reform, reform, and oh, “Would you like a new assessment with that reform?” one clear and shining beacon of hope burns bright for me still — the time and relationships I’ve built with Puget Sound Writing Project, my local chapter of the National Writing Project. The NWP celebrates 40 years this year —let that sink in for a moment. I’ll wait.  Did you check…