Congratulations to Jeff Wilhelm for his recent publication, "The
Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun" published in The Altlantic in which he discusses how strong literacy skills can help kids get good grades and good jobs, but really, kids should learn the joy of reading.
In his recent Writing for Publication workshop, Jim Fredricksen shared a piece about an op-ed writing initiative of the West Texas Writing Project. It got me thinking "why not?" so I submitted a piece to the Idaho Statesman. While the editorial staff changed my title (and not to my liking - teachers, not the exam, are going to build critical thinking skills), the message remains intact; big changes are coming for students and teachers and patience and understanding is needed.
Jim really got those of us attending the workshop to think about voices for education and the classroom teacher's role. Why not us? If we don't speak for education and our students, whose voice will be heard instead? Consider submitting an op-ed or letter to your local newspaper and adding your voice to the conversation.
Reader's View: New exam will help students build critical-thinking skills by 2013 fellow Micah Lauer.
Reader's Opinion Sharon Hanson (2005 BSWP Fellow): Education stakeholders should engage in critical thinking In recent years, No Child Left Behind’s standardized tests, multiple-choice tests that only measure shallow knowledge, dictated what was taught in most classrooms. Phrases such as “drill and kill” sum up what happened to many students’ potential: Innate thirst for knowledge was exchanged for rote...
Thanks to our BSWP CCSS implementation team for all their hard work on working with the Idaho State Department of Education. Check out these implementation modules that "provide a coherent, detailed regimen of activities for use in districts
that includes resources, goals, objectives, strategies, and detailed
notes for trainers."
Help spread the word about the Literacy Lifeboats
initiative. As you can see the website is up and running and Teachers College
has helped us set up this financial gift-giving structure so
that donations are tax-exempt and handled with the highest professional
standards. We encourage you to spread the word quickly.
Boise State Writing Project Continues our K-12 Service-Learning Initiatives in Public Schools:
Boise State’s thriving Service-Learning Program integrates academics and service for college students. Now, through work with the Boise State Writing Project, 85
Idaho teachers will carry the proven benefits of combining service with learning into their K-12 classrooms this fall. Read more about it in the article!
The Boise State Writing Project offers professional development workshops for administrators and teachers addressing the implementation of The Common Core Standards. The
workshops can be modified and geared toward specific district needs
surrounding the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Contact Paula Uriarte for more information
Teaching and Technology
Are you interested in:
more about Google, Web 2.0 tools, Wikis, and Blogs?
Understanding how Google applications can work in your
author's craft through multimedia composition? Fostering choice and
inquiry through multimedia exploration? Creating
an online learning environment where students can explore voice, technique, and
Learning how to use a
variety of online resources to engage your 21st century students?
Join us for 1, 2, or all 3 modules and learn how to better integrate technology into your classroom. For more information, download the flyer or see this brochure!
BSWP ONLINE course:
Getting It Done: Strategies for Teaching Informational Text
(and Leading PD Discussions that Leverage the Core)
AN EIGHT WEEK OLE MOOC
JANUARY 28-MARCH 21, 2014
Live Instructional Modeling Sessions Every other
Tuesday, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/11 – 7 p.m.
MT. Participants may also access
archives of these events
For more information, download our flyer or go to our course website and create an account.
RethinkingAssessment: The Core, SBAC,
and Your Students
led by Jim Fredricksen, co-director
Boise State Writing Project
By the end of the course you will understand the SBAC, and you will
understand how to use formative and summative assessments in your classroom as
a teaching and learning tool that will prepare your students for success in
your classroom, on the SBAC, and in life. You will devise, implement and
reflect on various kinds of assessments FOR and AS learning
For more information, download the flyer.
Project Citizen/Senior Project Info
A curricular program designed by the Center for Civic Education and administered in-state by the Idaho Human Rights Education Center, Project Citizen provides a practical, first-hand approach to learning about our complex system of government and how to monitor and influence it. Students work together to conduct research in their community in order to discover problems or concerns that they think the government is not handling at all or not handling well. Open this document for more information.
BSWP is an affiliate of the National Writing Project and was established
at Boise State in 2005. It offers programming throughout the year,
including two annual conferences, a variety of courses and institutes,
in-service series for schools, workshops and workshop series, retreats,
programs for student writers and sponsored speeches and workshops with
literacy experts. This past year, more than 1,000 Idaho educators
received more than 30,000 hours of assistance.