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Congrats Carmen Johnston January #CWPLeader

CARMEN#CWPLeader January

The Teacher Consultants we celebrate in January are K-college educators who engage students in civic participation projects, create writing opportunities for their students that work toward social justice, and honor their students’ agency and voice.

Many of these educators involve their students in CWP’s Upstanders, Not Bystanders campaign (http://www.californiawritingproject.org/upstanders-not-bystanders.html) or in ISAW’s I Write the Future multimedia/multimodal writing projects (http://www.californiawritingproject.org/i-write-the-future.html).

Others teach their students to think critically about regional and national instances of bias and racism, examine texts and data about them, and respond through action projects that pose solutions. Others develop partnerships through community organizations and museums that connect civic engagement, social studies, and literacy skills to teaching and learning. And others use the maker movement and connected learning approaches to empower youth to be agents in, voices for, and “makers of” their own writing and learning.

John Trimbur, Professor of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College, reminds us that writing is much more than a school subject and activity, that it belongs to everyone, and that there are “a wide range of situations that call on people to write.”  That “call to write—the felt sense that something needs to be said—presents writing not just as a skill to master but as a means to participate meaningfully in the common life and to influence its direction.”

January’s #CWPLeaders teach their students to recognize calls to write that need their words, voice, engagement, and advocacy. Congratulations and thank you for all you do for students, your colleagues, and your Writing Project.

Click HERE to learn more about Carmen and why she is an outstanding #CWPLeader

YWC now accepting registrations for summer

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Sponsored by the Bay Area Writing Project at UC Berkeley,
our camps offer kids a unique opportunity to develop their creative abilities and writing talents.
With 7 different site locations around the Bay Area our
Young Writers Camps (for incoming 3rd through 9th graders) offer a relaxed atmosphere where campers will receive specific writing instruction and conference individually with staff to build and reinforce their writing skills.
The camps are for students who like to write!
Kids will explore their writing interests!
Discover their strengths!
Learn more about the craft of writing!
“My daughter had a fabulous time last year and described the experience as being in heaven! It really brought out the best in her as a writer and she made many friends.”
“I’m glad I came because I made new friends and I had to get all the hidden ideas out of my brain on to paper.”

Nexmap workshop 10/3/15

There’s a new workshop coming up on the 3rd of October: Program Your Pages, Working with Microcontrollers. You can get a taste of the experience on this G+ post. 
Interested? Here is the link: http://www.nexmap.org/upcoming-workshops/
People should be familiar with paper circuitry and some of the ins and outs of working with copper tape. There is some Limited Scholarship Support available: contact education@nexmap.org for more information.