A Year in the Life of Writers Who Care

At the end of 2017, we are thankful for the many contributions that have made Teachers, Parents, Profs: Writers Who Care an ongoing voice for authentic writing instruction.  In 2017, the Writers Who care blog had over 21,000 visitors from countries all over the world. We published 20 new posts written by teachers, parents, and professors on topics such as school writing vs. authentic writing, writing at home with kids in the summer, supporting bilingual writers, and studying comics.

In September of 2013, the blog published its first post with this mission:

  1.  Spotlight and celebrate the powerful writing work that teachers and students currently do, and illustrate how that work could potentially be affected by certain educational and/or political policies.
  2. Circulate information about teaching practices and policies, so that our audiences can advocate strongly for students and teachers.
  3. Address how research affects writing in schools and communities, based on our experience in the field of writing instruction.
  4. Strengthen the connections and community among universities, K-12 schools, teachers, parents, and students.

Our editorial team, supported by the Conference on English Education’s Commission for Writing Teacher Education, revisited these goals at the NCTE Annual Convention in St. Louis, and we strive to continue to offer informed advocacy in 2018.  

We’d especially like to recognize founding members Kristen Hawley Turner and Sarah Hochstetler.  Along with Leah Zuidema and Mark Letcher, Kristen and Sarah worked hard to launch the blog, setting up a publication process and establishing the blog as a professional publication.  Later, as our team grew, we initiated a peer review process, working hard to ensure that each piece published was accessible to our multiple audiences of parents, community members, teachers, students, and professors.  

As Sarah and Kristen move on to focus on other professional endeavors, we’d like to welcome Rob Montgomery to the editorial team. Rob is the Program Coordinator for Kennesaw State University’s undergraduate English Education program; he has also served as co-director of the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project’s Invitational Summer Institute.  As a teacher educator, Rob believes in the power of local advocacy and writing for public audiences, who are often in a position to effect change in the communities in which they live and work.  

Along with Rob, the editorial team includes advocates for writing education from all over the United States.  Mark Letcher is an assistant professor in the English Studies department at Lewis University of Illinois.  Amber Warrington is an assistant professor of English Education at Boise State University.  Lindsay Jeffers teaches composition at Grand Valley State University and also directs the Third Coast Writing Project of Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Eileen Shanahan is an assistant professor of Literacy Education at Eastern Kentucky University.  Michael Sherry is an assistant professor for the College of Education at the University of Southern Florida.  Jason Griffith is completing a PhD in English Education from Arizona State University.  

Thank you again to all who contribute to the blog by writing, reading, and sharing. We look forward to including new authors and readers in our blog community in the upcoming year.

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