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2008 annual report thinkwriteconnectlearnthinkwriteconnectlearnthink NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT I am the bridge from what my students do today to who they become in the future. The National Writing Project is my bridge to becoming a better teacher for my students. M I C H E L L E O H A N I A N / M O U N TA I N V I E W A LT E R N AT I V E H I G H S C H O O L , FA I R FA X , VA , N O R T H E R N V I R G I N I A W R I T I N G P R O J E C T FROM THE CHAIR OF THE BOARD AND THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Writing in its many forms is the signature means of communication in the 21st century. This simple truth heightens the urgency to help all of our nation’s students become strong writers and effective communicators. GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN TEACHERS USED COMPUTERS MERELY FOR BASIC DRILLS. CONDUCTING The National Writing Project (NWP) pursues this goal by focusing the knowledge, expertise, and RESEARCH, EVALUATING SOURCES OF INFORMATION, leadership of our nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all DISPLAYING DATA, SOLVING PROBLEMS, WORKING learners. The NWP’s network of more than 200 university-based sites provides high-quality, COLLABORATIVELY ON WRITTEN AND ORAL PRESENTA TIONS THESE ARE THE NEW “BASIC SKILLS” OF THE 21ST locally designed professional development for teachers across disciplines and at all levels. Each CENTURY. NEVER HAVE SUCH STRENUOUS DEMANDS site conducts summer institutes, school-year programs, and research in order to develop the BEEN PLACED ON PRACTICING TEACHERS TO MASTER leadership and innovative approaches that are vital to teaching and learning in a digital age. NEW WAYS TO TEACH NEW SKILLS. Inverness Research We invite you to learn more about the NWP through the teachers featured in this annual report. These inventive and skilled educators represent the growing number of NWP leaders with expertise in both subject matter and technology and an understanding of how each augments the other to inspire learning in the classroom. These teachers use their knowledge to strengthen student achievement and to help their teaching colleagues meet the increasing demands, and emerging opportunities, of digital literacy. D O N A L D M C Q UA D E S H A R O N J WA S H I N GT O N Chair of the Board Executive Director 3 R E N E E W E B S T E R / P E R R Y E L E M E N TA R Y, P E R R Y, M I CO-DIRECTOR, RED CEDAR WRITING PROJECT “ DIGITAL RECORDERS capture the smart thinking of first-graders. Renee Webster, 34-year veteran teacher, wants to preserve that smart thinking. “We can replay it and show our young students in what ways they were so smart.” As a result, all children become more intentional about language, and ” special-needs students can participate more fully. In Renee’s class, students record their book talks and their best ideas. This year they have created a documentary for graduating kindergartners. Based on their experiences and interviews with other I LIKE USING THE DIGITAL VOICE first-graders, their docu- mentary delivers essential RECORDER BECAUSE I CAN LISTEN TO tips for making the leap THE PODCAST ON THE INTERNET. IT to first grade. EXPLODES YOUR AUDIENCE. AND IT RECORDS EVERYTHING. R YA N , F I R S T G R A D E S T U D E N T 4 R O B E R T R I V E R A - A M E Z O L A / F R A N C E S E . W I L L A R D E L E M E N TA R Y S C H O O L , P H I L A D E L P H I A , PA PHILADELPHIA WRITING PROJECT give English language learners a non- “ PODCASTS threatening way to practice English.” Robert Rivera-Amezola, an experienced elementary school teacher, says that podcasts motivate his English language learners to extend their new language skills as they tackle complex subjects. Working together, Robert and his fourth-graders conduct research, write scripts, and record audio broadcasts for publication on the Internet. “We just posted our fourth podcast about water, land, and contamination,” Robert notes, “and about what we can do every day to conserve water.” In the process, students were able to hear themselves I LIKE PODCASTING BECAUSE IT speak and to share their accom- CAN GO ON THE INTERNET AND plishments with their parents. I FEEL LIKE I’M A STAR. PEOPLE CAN LEARN SOMETHING FROM IT. I BECOME EVEN BRAVER . . . ELAINE, FOURTH GRADE STUDENT 7 ALABAMA San Joaquin Valley Writing Project Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project Alabama A&M University Writing Project California State University, Fresno Kennesaw State University Jacksonville State University Writing Project San Jose Area Writing Project Red Clay Writing Project San Jose State University University of Georgia Longleaf Writing Project University of Alabama San Marcos Writing Project Southwest Georgia Writing Project California State University San Marcos Georgia Southwestern State University Red Mountain Writing Project National Writing Project University of Alabama at Birmingham South Coast Writing Project University of California, Santa Barbara HAWAI`I Hawai`i Writing Project Sun Belt Writing Project University of Hawai`i at Manoa Auburn University UC Irvine Writing Project SITES Wiregrass Writing Project Troy University University of California, Irvine UC Merced Writing Project University of California, Merced Lehua Writing Project University of Hawai`i at Hilo IDAHO ALASKA UCLA Writing Project Boise State University Writing Project NWP sites are located on more than 200 university and college campuses. Alaska State Writing Consortium University of California, Los Angeles University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Inland Writing Project Browse NWP’s map at COLORADO University of Idaho ARIZONA Colorado State University Writing Project Central Arizona Writing Project ILLINOIS Arizona State University Denver Writing Project Chicago Area Writing Project University of Colorado Denver University of Illinois at Chicago AW Northern Arizona Writing Project Northern Arizona University Rocky Mountain Writing Project Eastern Illinois Writing Project EM University of Northern Colorado Eastern Illinois University TM DN Southern Arizona Writing Project NM University of Arizona Southern Colorado Writing Project Illinois State Writing Project RO TV Colorado State University-Pueblo DI HN Illinois State University DS IW IM AM YN ARKANSAS IR TC Arkansas Delta Writing Project CONNECTICUT Illinois Writing Project YW Arkansas State University Central Connecticut Writing Project National-Louis University AI AP Central Connecticut State University EN JN Great Bear Writing Project Piasa Bluffs Writing Project VN HO NI ED DM University of Central Arkansas Connecticut Writing Project - Fairfield Southern Illinois University Edwardsville TU LI AC OC VW Fairfield University Little Rock Writing Project University of Illinois Writing Project SK AV OM YK University of Arkansas at Little Rock Connecticut Writing Project - Storrs University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Connecticut CN Northwest Arkansas Writing Project INDIANA NT KO University of Arkansas, Fayetteville DELAWARE Appleseed Writing Project ZA MN RA CS Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Delaware Writing Project CALIFORNIA University of Delaware Wayne SM LA AG Area 3 Writing Project University of California, Davis Hoosier Writing Project XT DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Indiana University-Purdue University AL Bay Area Writing Project District of Columbia Area Writing Project Indianapolis LF University of California, Berkeley Howard University Indiana Writing Project Cal State Northridge Writing Project FLORIDA Ball State University California State University, Northridge Florida State University Writing Project IUS Writing Project Central California Writing Project Indiana University Southeast National Writing Project at Florida University of California, Santa Cruz Gulf Coast University Northwest Indiana Writing Project Great Valley Writing Project Purdue University Calumet Tampa Bay Area Writing Project California State University Stanislaus University of South Florida IOWA Inland Area Writing Project Eastern Iowa Writing Project AK University of California, Riverside GEORGIA RP St. Ambrose University Blackwater Writing Project IH IV Los Angeles Writing Project at Cal State LA Valdosta State University Iowa Writing Project California State University, Los Angeles University of Northern Iowa Central Georgia Writing Project Northern California Writing Project Georgia College & State University California State University, Chico KANSAS Cherokee Rose Writing Project Flint Hills Writing Project Redwood Writing Project University of West Georgia Kansas State University Humboldt State University Georgia Southern Writing Project South Central Kansas Writing Project San Diego Area Writing Project Georgia Southern University Wichita State University University of California, San Diego KENTUCKY Red Cedar Writing Project Southern Nevada Writing Project Mid Ohio Writing Project Coastal Area Writing Project UTAH Eastern Kentucky University Writing Project Michigan State University University of Nevada, Las Vegas The Ohio State University at Mansfield Coastal Carolina University Central Utah Writing Project Brigham Young University Louisville Writing Project Saginaw Bay Writing Project NEW HAMPSHIRE National Writing Project at Kent State Lowcountry Writing Project University of Louisville Saginaw Valley State University University The Citadel Wasatch Range Writing Project Plymouth Writing Project Plymouth State University Weber State University Morehead Writing Project Third Coast Writing Project Ohio University Appalachian Writing Project Midlands Writing Project Morehead State University Western Michigan University University of South Carolina NEW JERSEY Ohio Writing Project VERMONT Mountain Writing Project Upper Peninsula Writing Project Kean University National Writing Project Miami University Santee-Wateree Writing Project National Writing Project in Vermont Hazard Community & Technical College Northern Michigan University University of South Carolina University of Vermont National Writing Project at Rutgers University OKLAHOMA Northern Kentucky Writing Project Wayne State Writing Project Spartanburg Writing Project VIRGIN ISLANDS Wayne State University Oklahoma State University Writing Project University of South Carolina Upstate Northern Kentucky University Trenton Area Writing Project at Rider Virgin Islands Writing Project University Oklahoma Writing Project University of the Virgin Islands Purchase Area Writing Project MINNESOTA Swamp Fox Writing Project University of Oklahoma Francis Marion University Murray State University Minnesota Writing Project NEW MEXICO VIRGINIA University of Minnesota Bisti Writing Project OREGON Upstate Writing Project Western Kentucky University Writing Project Appalachian Writing Project San Juan College Oregon Writing Project at Eastern Oregon Clemson University University of Virginia’s College at Wise MISSISSIPPI University LOUISIANA Borderlands Writing Project Winthrop Writing Project Alcorn Writing Project Blue Ridge Writing Project Greater New Orleans Writing Project Alcorn State University New Mexico State University Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark Winthrop University Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University of New Orleans College University Delta Area Writing Project Four Corners Writing Project SOUTH DAKOTA Louisiana State University Writing Project Delta State University University of New Mexico-Gallup Oregon Writing Project at Southern Oregon Central Virginia Writing Project Dakota Writing Project University University of South Dakota University of Virginia National Writing Project of Acadiana Live Oak Writing Project High Desert Writing Project University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast University of New Mexico Oregon Writing Project at University of Eastern Virginia Writing Project Oregon TENNESSEE College of William and Mary Northwestern State University Writing Project Mississippi Valley State University Writing High Plains Writing Project Middle Tennessee Writing Project Project Eastern New Mexico University Oregon Writing Project at Willamette Middle Tennessee State University Northern Virginia Writing Project Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project University George Mason University Southeastern Louisiana University MSU Writing/Thinking Project NEW YORK Upper Cumberland Writing Project Mississippi State University Capital District Writing Project PENNSYLVANIA Tennessee Technological University Tidewater Writing Project MAINE State University of New York at Albany Old Dominion University South Mississippi Writing Project Capital Area Writing Project - PA West Tennessee Writing Project University of Maine Writing Project Penn State Harrisburg University of Southern Mississippi Hudson Valley Writing Project University of Tennessee at Martin WASHINGTON MARYLAND State University of New York at New Paltz Endless Mountains Writing Project Central Washington Writing Project University of Mississippi Writing Project TEXAS Eastern Shore Writing Project Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Central Washington University Long Island Writing Project Central Texas Writing Project Salisbury University MISSOURI Nassau Community College Northeastern Pennsylvania Writing Project Texas State University Puget Sound Writing Project Maryland Writing Project Gateway Writing Project East Stroudsburg University University of Washington University of Missouri-St. Louis Mohawk Valley Writing Project Coastal Bend Writing Project Towson University Utica College Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi WEST VIRGINIA University of Maryland Writing Project Greater Kansas City Writing Project University of Missouri-Kansas City New York City Writing Project PennLake National Writing Project East Texas Writing Project Central West Virginia Writing Project Lehman College, City University of New York Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Texas A&M University-Texarkana Marshall University Graduate College MASSACHUSETTS Missouri Writing Project Boston Writing Project University of Missouri-Columbia Seven Valleys Writing Project Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project Greater Houston Area Writing Project Marshall University Writing Project University of Massachusetts Boston State University of New York at Cortland West Chester University University of Houston-Clear Lake Ozarks Writing Project National Writing Project at West Virginia Buzzards Bay Writing Project Missouri State University Western New York Writing Project Philadelphia Writing Project Heart of Texas Writing Project University University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Canisius College University of Pennsylvania University of Texas at Austin Prairie Lands Writing Project WISCONSIN Western Massachusetts Writing Project Missouri Western State University NORTH CAROLINA Southcentral Pennsylvania Writing Project North Star of Texas Writing Project Fox Valley Writing Project University of Massachusetts Amherst Capital Area Writing Project at NCSU Indiana University of Pennsylvania University of North Texas University of Wisconsin Oshkosh MONTANA North Carolina State University MICHIGAN Western Pennsylvania Writing Project Pearl of the Concho Writing Project Milwaukee Writing Project Montana Writing Project University of Pittsburgh Angelo State University Chippewa River Writing Project University of Montana Tar River Writing Project Carroll University Central Michigan University East Carolina University PUERTO RICO Sabal Palms Writing Project University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Writing Yellowstone Writing Project University of Texas at Brownsville Crossroads Writing Project Montana State University UNC Charlotte Writing Project Borinquen Writing Project Project Ferris State University University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of the Sacred Heart Sam Houston Writing Project NEBRASKA Sam Houston State University WYOMING Eastern Michigan Writing Project NORTH DAKOTA MayaWest Writing Project Wyoming Writing Project Eastern Michigan University Nebraska Writing Project University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez University of Nebraska-Lincoln Northern Plains Writing Project San Antonio Writing Project University of Wyoming Minot State University University of Texas at San Antonio Lake Michigan Writing Project RHODE ISLAND Grand Valley State University NEVADA Red River Valley Writing Project South Texas Writing Project Rhode Island Writing Project Great Basin Writing Project University of North Dakota Rhode Island College Texas A&M International University Meadow Brook Writing Project Great Basin College Oakland University West Texas Writing Project OHIO SOUTH CAROLINA Northern Nevada Writing Project University of Texas at El Paso Oakland (MI) Writing Project University of Nevada, Reno Columbus Area Writing Project Aiken Writing Project University of Michigan The Ohio State University University of South Carolina Aiken Y U M I M AT S U I / L I F E A C A D E M Y H I G H S C H O O L , O A K L A N D, C A B AY A R E A W R I T I N G P R O J E C T “ DIGITAL STORIES give voice to students who don’t always participate in class.” Yumi Matsui, high school humanities teacher, also observes that “individual talents can shine.” Yumi offers her students a modern-day connection to history along with new digital literacy skills. Over a semester, eleventh-graders study immigration by interviewing family or community members. Working with a partner, they compose a digital story that will debut on exhibition night with their families as the audience. In the process, students work through multiple drafts and revisions, adding selected audio and video. As eleventh-grader Israel explains, “We put all the effort and time into the story because we are making it about someone WHAT I WROTE ABOUT MY GRANDPA who has sacrificed.” WAS THE BEST STUFF I EVER WROTE. IT REALLY MEANT A LOT TO ME. WHEN I READ IT BACK TO MY GRANDPA, HE SAID IT WAS PERFECT. ADRIANA, ELEVENTH GRADE STUDENT 10 B U D H U N T, I N S T R U C T I O N A L T E C H N O LO G I S T / S T. V R A I N VA L L E Y S C H O O L D I S T R I C T, LO N G M O N T, C O C O LO R A D O S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y W R I T I N G P R O J E C T “ TECHNOLOGY needs to support learning, not higher elec- tricity bills.” Bud Hunt, a former high school language arts teacher, bridges two worlds. “I am the teacher in the technology meetings,” he explains, “and the technologist in the teacher meetings.” His work in 48 district schools helps teachers integrate technology, particularly digital writing, into the cur- riculum. Bud also communicates regularly with educators around the world via his website “Bud the Teacher,” a space packed with blogs and podcasts on teaching and learning. His back-to-school THIS CHANCE TO GAIN message to teachers drew a flood of DIGITAL FLUENCY GIVES responses: “Be an expert when you need to be,” Bud advised. “Be a learner always. US THE FUNDAMENTAL, . . . Relationships and mentoring cannot EVER-CHANGING SKILLS be outsourced or Googled.” WE NEED TO PASS ALONG TO OUR STUDENTS. D O N N A S A L E M I N K , T E A C H E R - PA R T I C I PA N T 13 F E L I C I A G E O R G E / L E H M A N C O L L E G E , C U N Y, N E W YO R K C I T Y A S S O C I AT E D I R E C T O R , N E W YO R K C I T Y W R I T I N G P R O J E C T “ TEACHERS use technology in their daily lives, but they haven’t always figured out how to use it to help students write, revise, and learn.” Felicia George, a former Head Start teacher, has devoted her career to helping adults develop state-of-the-art literacy instruction for children in after-school programs, foster care, and other settings. Today she works with teacher-leaders in the New York City Writing Project to strengthen their skills with new digital tools so they, in I AM BEGINNING TO CLOSE turn, can support their teaching col- THE GREAT GAP BETWEEN leagues in the schools. Felicia also chairs NWP’s Technology Liaison MY UNDERSTANDING OF Network, a group of leaders from all HOW VITAL INTERNET TECH- sites whose individual and collective NOLOGY IS IN TODAY’S knowledge about uses of technology WORLD, AND WHAT I CAN affects classrooms across the nation. ACTUALLY DO WITH THAT TECHNOLOGY. S U S A N N A H T H O M P S O N , T E A C H E R - PA R T I C I PA N T 14 FINANCIAL SUMMARY 2008 2007 BOARD OF DIRECTORS David Meyerowitz MANAGEMENT TEAM Statements of Activities Unrestricted Temporarily Total Unrestricted Temporarily Total President and CEO for years ended September 30, Restricted Restricted Donald McQuade Strategic Capital Corporation Sharon J. Washington Chair of the Board Toronto, Canada Executive Director REVENUES AND OTHER SUPPORT Professor of English Federal grant $21,469,237 $21,469,237 $21,532,500 $21,532,500 University of California, Berkeley Caryn McTighe Musil Judy Buchanan Other grant revenue & contributions Berkeley, CA Senior Vice President Deputy Director 388,089 751,128 1,139,217 267,123 267,123 Association of American Publications and professional service revenue 40,374 40,374 63,093 63,093 Daniel Boggan, Jr. Colleges and Universities Roxanne Barber Net investment and other interest income 60,853 60,853 65,783 65,783 Retired Senior Vice President Washington, DC Communications Net assets released from restrictions 320,800 (320,800) National Collegiate Athletic Association . P David Pearson Gary J. Cordova Total Revenues and Other Support $ – Oakland, CA Professor and Dean External Relations and $22,279,353 $430,328 $22,709,681 $21,928,499 $21,928,499 Graduate School of Education Development Michele T. Drake University of California, Berkeley EXPENSES Communication Programs Berkeley, CA Elyse Eidman-Aadahl Program services Manager National Programs and Site Writing project developments 19,650,992 19,650,992 19,438,094 19,438,094 Agilent Technologies Inc. Shirley Robinson Pippins Development Supporting services Santa Clara, CA Senior Vice President of Management and general Programs and Services Paul LeMahieu 2,474,327 2,474,327 2,397,612 2,397,612 Donald Gallehr American Council on Education Research and Evaluation Director Washington, DC Total Expenses $22,125,319 $ – $22,125,319 $21,835,706 $ – $21,835,706 Northern Virginia Writing Project Marilyn Lovelace-Grant Associate Professor of English Liz Campbell Stephens Operations CHANGE IN NET ASSETS 154,034 430,328 584,362 92,793 92,793 George Mason University Director, Office of Educator Fairfax, VA Preparation Michel Mathis Texas State University-San Grants and Contracts NET ASSETS AT BEGINNING OF YEAR 1,837,752 1,837,752 1,744,959 1,744,959 . George P Haley Marcos NET ASSETS AT END OF YEAR $1,991,786 $430,328 $2,422,114 $1,837,752 $ – $1,837,752 Partner San Marcos, TX Mary Ann Smith Pillsbury Winthrop Government Relations and Shaw Pittman LLP Sharon J. Washington Public Affairs San Francisco, CA Executive Director National Writing Project Patrick Sweeney Statements of Financial Position Augusta Souza Kappner Berkeley, CA Finance for years ended September 30, President Emeritus ASSETS 2008 2007 LIABILITIES 2008 2007 Bank Street College of Vanessa Whang Dan Tormey Cash and cash equivalents $952,837 $632,818 Grants and accounts payable $1,385,572 $1,079,179 Education Director of Programs Information Systems New York, NY California Council for the Investments, short term 834,986 705,414 Accrued expenses 209,437 210,444 Humanities Accounts and interest receivable 11,641 30,552 San Francisco, CA Grant receivable 1,420,000 1,245,000 Total Liabilities $1,595,009 $1,289,623 Pledges receivable, net 381,128 0 Prepaid expenses 183,722 247,181 NET ASSETS Furniture and equipment, net 232,809 266,410 Unrestricted $1,991,786 $1,837,752 STATEMENT FROM INVERNESS RESEARCH CREDITS Temporarily restricted 430,328 0 NWP built on its existing national infrastructure of more than 200 Creative Services: Total Assets $4,017,123 $3,127,375 local sites to ramp up its capacity to help teachers learn to better Steege/Thomson Total Net Assets $2,422,114 $1,837,752 use technology for teaching and learning. The NWP model for Communications leadership development in technology — where leading teachers are supported in developing technology expertise in their own Photography: Drew Endicott, Total Liabilities and Net Assets $4,017,123 $3,127,375 cover (top), inside front classrooms — enabled NWP sites to expand their cadres of teacher- consultants who could share their knowledge with other teachers cover, pages 5, 11, 12; Jason through local professional development programs. The work of Miczek, cover (middle, bot- FUNDING NWP sites participating in the Tech Initiative included creating new tom), pages 6, 15; David Support for the National Writing Project is provided by the programs that were specific to teachers in their local areas, as Schmitz, page 3 (left); Irene U.S. Department of Education, foundations, corporations, well as building broader partnerships that enhanced their states’ Young, page 3 (right), back capacity to teach teachers. cover universities, and K–12 schools. Keeping the Promise of the 21st Century: Bringing Classroom NWP federal funding for fiscal year 2007-2008 totals $21.5 Teaching into the Digital Age, Policy Brief, Spring 2009, Inverness million. Local support for NWP sites and programs totals an Research Associates additional $23.8 million. A complete copy of the organization’s financial statements, , audited by Armanino McKenna LLP is available upon request from National Writing Project, 2105 Bancroft Way #1042, Berkeley, CA 94720-1042. 16 National Writing Project University of California 2105 Bancroft Way #1042 Berkeley, CA 94720-1042 tel: 510.642.0963 fax: 510.642.4545 firstname.lastname@example.org www.nwp.org