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NWP Radio is a program provided by the National Writing Project as an education resource on a broad range of topics for educators in and out of school.

    LEARN Marginal Syllabus (January)—Revising Resistance: A Step Toward Student-Centered Activism

    LEARN Marginal Syllabus (January)—Revising Resistance: A Step Toward Student-Centered Activism

    Our January reading for LEARN Marginal Syllabus recounts how Alex Corbitt, the author and former middle school educator, employed “radically student-centered” pedagogy as part of a teen activism course. In his Voices from the Middle article, Corbitt describes how he reimagined an elective course in order to situate and support students as activists. Assigned to teach a documentary film class, he proposed to his students that they focus on teen activism, and invited them to co-design the class with him as the year unfolded. This inspirational article describes the ways in which Corbitt helped students design their own learning, study issues of critical importance like racism, and engage in activism.
    Guests

    * Joe Dillon (https://twitter.com/onewheeljoe) (Host), Humanities Teacher; Co-Founder, Marginal Syllabus
    * Alex Corbitt (https://www.alexcorbitt.com/), Educator; Writer; PhD Candidate, Boston College
    * Christina Cantrill (https://twitter.com/seecantrill), Associate Director, National Writing Project
    * Remi Kalir (http://remikalir.com/), Assistant Professor, University of Colorado; Co-Founder, Marginal Syllabus

    Related Links

    * "Revising Resistance: A Step Toward Student-Centered Activism" (https://via.hypothes.is/https://educatorinnovator.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/VM0272Dec19Revising.pdf)
    * 2019-20 Literacy, Equity + Remarkable Notes = LEARN Marginal Syllabus (https://educatorinnovator.org/campaigns/literacy-equity-remarkable-notes-learn-marginal-syllabus-2019-20/)

    • 56 min
    Planning Powerful Instruction

    Planning Powerful Instruction

    Planning Powerful Instruction is a guide for transforming student outcomes through instructional planning. Its a seven-step framework that gives teachers techniques proven to help students develop insight and understanding. Join host Tanya Baker for a conversation with authors Jeff Wilhelm, Rachel Bear, and Adam Fachler.
    Guests

    * Jeff Wilhelm (http://twitter.com/ReadDRjwilhelm), Professor of English Education, Boise State University
    * Rachel Bear (http://twitter.com/RachelDee12), Senior Program Associate, National Writing Project
    * Adam Fachler (https://twitter.com/adamfachler), Education Consultant

    Related Links

    * Planning Powerful Instruction
    * (https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/planning-powerful-instruction-grades-6-12/book263018) (https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/planning-powerful-instruction-grades-6-12/book263018)Planning Powerful Instruction, Grades 6-12 companion website (http://resources.corwin.com/EMPOWER-secondary)
    * Master Planning & Instruction to Be the Teacher They Always Remember (http://empoweryourteaching.com)
    * “What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pcKbf_vpHg), Kyle Schwartz, TEDxKyoto

    • 36 min
    Science in the Park

    Science in the Park

    Join host Christina Cantrill for a discussion with participants of Science in the Park, a project that brought NWP teachers and NPS park rangers together to plan and implement programming that welcomes young people and their families into national parks to play with and learn science together. Science in the Park was funded through one-year spark grant from the Joan Ganz Cooney Foundation (https://joanganzcooneycenter.org) and is part of their Families Learning Across Boundaries work.
    Guests

    * Cris Constantine, Education Program Manager with the National Park Service, Interior Region 1, North Atlantic - Appalachian
    Jan Gebert, Teacher-Consultant, Pocono Writing Project
    Darshna Katwala, Director, Long Island Writing Project
    Stephanie West-Puckett, Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island; Teacher-Consultant, Tar River Writing Project

    Related Resources


    "From Lines to Networks: Connecting with National Parks for Place-based Science Learning (https://thecurrent.educatorinnovator.org/from-lines-to-networks-connecting-with-national-parks-for-place-based-science-learning)" by Stephanie West-Puckett, University of Rhode Island


    "Science Sundays in the Park: People are the Best (https://thecurrent.educatorinnovator.org/science-sundays-in-the-park-people-are-the-best)" by Jan Gebert, Pocono Writing Project


    "Kicking Off Science in the Park (https://educatorinnovator.org/kicking-off-science-in-the-park/)" by Christina Cantrill, National Writing Project


     
    Playlists for Parents
    Designed to support parents and/or youth to lead their own learning experience, these playlists were created from Science in the Park work and will be tested at National Park Service sites this fall.


    Become a Junior Ranger at the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Playlist, created by BLRV rangers for use at the park.

    * Science Sundays Think Like a Scientist Playlist (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1WAZxXpdKFhEk501eBudQnCBsIbk5QUsvMzAACwGiwTE/edit?ts=5d5daf86#slide=id.g1f875f70df_0_0), created by Pocono Writing Project teachers and DEWA Rangers for use at the park and in regional parks.

    • 42 min
    Marginal Syllabus 2019-20 (December)—Miles Morales: Spider-Man and Reimagining the Canon for Racial Justice

    Marginal Syllabus 2019-20 (December)—Miles Morales: Spider-Man and Reimagining the Canon for Racial Justice

    As part of our close study of "Miles Morales: Spider-Man and Reimagining the Canon for Racial Justice," (http://bit.ly/33LC5ZT) guest readers Latrice Ferguson and Christopher Rogers joined the Marginal Syllabus team to talk about the article with this month’s partner authors, Mario Worlds and Henry “Cody” Miller. Worlds’ and Millers’ writing surfaces the importance of rethinking text selection as a means of critiquing racial hierarchy in the curricular canon and dismantling white supremacy.
    This discussion is part of LEARN 2019-20, a Marginal Syllabus (http://bit.ly/marsyl2019-20) co-developed with the National Writing Project (NWP) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Each month of the 2019-2020 academic year, we’ll collaboratively read and discuss an article, published in four different NCTE journals, that investigates the intersection of literacy and equity.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Marginal Syllabus 2019-20 (November)—Whiteness is a White Problem: Whiteness in English Education

    Marginal Syllabus 2019-20 (November)—Whiteness is a White Problem: Whiteness in English Education

    Author Samuel Jaye Tanner joins us to talk about his article, "Whiteness is a White Problem: Whiteness in English Education." Our guests discuss how white people in an American context have problems with race that are distinct from the racism people of color experience, and how white English educators can rethink their roles in dismantling white supremacy.
    This discussion launches the second iteration of LEARN, a Marginal Syllabus co-developed with the National Writing Project (NWP) (http://www.nwp.org) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) (http://ncte.org). During each month, from November to June during the 2019-20 academic year, we will collaboratively read and discuss an article, published in four different NCTE journals, that investigates the intersection of literacy and equity. Refer to the 2019-20 syllabus (https://educatorinnovator.org/campaigns/literacy-equity-remarkable-notes-learn-marginal-syllabus-2019-20/) for information on all the annotatable readings; these will go “live” on the first Monday of each month, along with related events hosted by the National Writing Project.
    Guests

    * Sam Tanner, Assistant Professor, PennState
    * Andrea Zellner, Literacy Consultant, Oakland Schools (MI)
    * Christina Cantrill, Associate Director of National Programs, National Writing Project
    * Joe Dillon, Co-Founder, Marginal Syllabus; Teacher, Rangeview High School in Aurora Public Schools in Colorado; Denver Writing Project Teacher-Consultant
    * Remi Kalir, Co-Founder, Marginal Syllabus; Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development

    Related Links

    * "Whiteness is a White Problem: Whiteness in English Education" (https://via.hypothes.is/https://educatorinnovator.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/EE0512Jan19Whiteness.pdf)
    * 2019-20 Marginal Syllabus (https://educatorinnovator.org/campaigns/literacy-equity-remarkable-notes-learn-marginal-syllabus-2019-20/)

    • 56 min
    Collaborative Lesson Study: ReVisioning Teacher Professional Development

    Collaborative Lesson Study: ReVisioning Teacher Professional Development

    Listen to this episode of NWP Radio for a discussion with Vicki Collet, co-director of the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project and author of Collaborative Lesson Study: ReVisioning Teacher Professional Development (https://www.tcpress.com/collaborative-lesson-study-9780807763070).
    For those that will be at NCTE in Baltimore in November, Vicki will have a book-signing at the Teachers College Press table in the exhibit hall on Friday, November 22, from 12:00p–12:30p.
    Guest

    * Vicki Collet (https://twitter.com/vscollet), Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Arkansas; Co-Director, Northwest Arkansas Writing Project

    Other Related Links

    * vickicollet.com (https://twitter.com/vscollet)
    * Request to join Collaborative Lesson Study Book Club on Facebook (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdIOluLLy-1jOw2c9VeveqA_DR5GfIH4DkfKrNUeaquANgLDg/viewform)
    * Vicki’s blog: mycoachescouch.blogspot.com (http://mycoachescouch.blogspot.com)
    * Vicki on Facebook: facebook.com/mycoachescouch/ (https://www.facebook.com/mycoachescouch/)
    * Vicki on Twitter: @vscollet (https://twitter.com/vscollet)

    • 29 min

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