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The Work of the National Writing Project: Social Practices in a Network Context

  • Ann Lieberman
  • Diane Wood

Abstract

The National Writing Project the oldest and probably the most successful professional development project in the U.S. now has sites in every state in the U.S. Their work is best understood by realizing that this network is tied together by a set of integrated social practices that connect intellectual work and relationships into a vibrant professional community. The loose structure of a national network with its local sites and the social practices that model its ways of working and leading make this an important example of scaling down (providing a model to be organized locally) in order to scale up (spreading the model to a larger constituency). How this looks is explicated by a study of two sites, an evolving site (6 years old) and a mature site (24 years old). Each holds the core values of the Writing Project even as they adapt certain practices to the differences in context.

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Professional Development Social Practice Professional Learning Special Interest Group Professional Community 
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  • Ann Lieberman
  • Diane Wood

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