• Getting Better Together

    That’s the mantra of my new employer, Teaching Channel. That’s right – I said new employer. Because after working for the National Writing Project for over a decade, I’ve taken a position as director of community engagement for Teaching Channel. It was a tough decision. I came up through the writing project ranks, first as …

  • An Invitation

    This post first appeared at Our NWP. I’m a geek. My inquiry for the Western Massachusetts Writing Project (WMWP) summer institute in 1994 focused on the differences for young people in composing with computers—a novelty at that time—rather than on paper. I helped plan and facilitate some of the first nationally organized professional development in …

  • Connected Learning Talk

    After a long hiatus from dComposing – mainly due to concentrating on our now 16-month old – I’m back. I’ll start by clearing a backlog of a few older items. Last fall, I was asked to give a talk on Connected Learning at the University of Minnesota. The event was co-sponsored by the Emma Birkmaier Critical Literacy and …

  • Hope is the thing with Makers

    My good friend Chad Sansing tweeted this the other day: This in the midst of our National Writing Project Annual Meeting, which happened in Boston this past week. I’ve been thinking a lot about the future as Erin and I recently had a baby. Torin is now 10 weeks old. And I want him to …