#OurNWP Celebrates 40th Year


The National Writing Project (NWP) turns 40 this year and, as part of the celebration, there are many initiatives underway.  One such effort is the proclimation of September 29 – October 3, 2014 as the first-ever Our NWP Week.  Throughout the week, NWP will share photos, quotes and ideas from their archives.  #OurNWP will be used on social media to start the conversation and invite participation.  We encourage all NYCWP members who use social media (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Vine) to use the hashtag and share with the wider project during this week.

From NWP:

At a time when ideas about teacher-leadership fill the education news, I don’t need to tell you that our 40-year history presents a long-term case study in the power of teacher-leadership and the reform potential of innovative educators. To honor that history and to look to our future, we are pleased to announce a new initiative: the NWP Archives Project. The NWP Archives Project is an effort to construct a living and usable history of our NWP network in partnership with the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. The purpose of this project is to ensure that our collective history remains available for researchers, historians, and educators well into the future. By establishing a true archive, we can preserve early documents and artifacts from decay, catalogue and digitize the many contributions of educators across the years, and preserve a significant element in the history of composition and rhetoric as a discipline in this nation.

To launch this effort with the network and with our friends and colleagues outside the NWP, we are proclaiming next week (September 29October 3) as the first-ever Our NWP Week. Throughout the week, with your help, we’ll be sharing photos, quotes, treasures from the archives, and stories that celebrate our roots and invite us to look forward. You and your TC community can share your own site’s history by connecting with Our NWP on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter where you can join the conversation by following the hashtag #OurNWP. If you are on social media, you can help spread the word by joining our Thunderclap, an online tool that helps amplify our message about the importance of the NWP.

Warmest regards,

If you would like to make a contribution to the NWP and/or the Archives Project, you may do so at www.nwp.org.

Check out some of these great pictures from NWP’s archives:

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