Technology is changing the way we write, think and educate. What it is not changing, however, is the vital importance of writing as a tool for all students to succeed academically and professionally.
As part of the National Writing Project’s Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C., Dr. Mia Zamora, director of the Kean University Writing Project (KUWP), and Erica Holan, KUWP assistant director, met with members of Congress. They shared some of their classroom successes and advocated for professional development for teachers in New Jersey. In addition, Zamora and Holan joined their NWP colleagues to discuss what the nation should consider "college-ready writing.”
“KUWP strives to foster more equitable learning environments that value the cultural practices that students bring to the classroom from their home lives and communities while demystifying important writing genres,” said Zamora. “It is our honor to work with and advocate for teachers throughout the various N.J. school districts as they develop the most effective strategies to teach students how to write in the 21st century."
According to Holan, both she and Zamora have made it their “personal mission” to ensure that their own students, the KUWP teacher leaders and the greater NWP community members are “digitally proficient.” Both have engaged the Twitter community in their classes to help “connect students with the limitless opportunities that digital literacy presents to students and educators,” said Holan.
As Zamora states, "At the KUWP, we are dedicated to the notion of connected learning. 'Connected learning calls on today's interactive and networked media in an effort to make interest-driven, peer-supported and academically relevant forms of learning more effective, better integrated and broadly accessible."