Middle school students from The Bronx, NY, share their research projects with NY State senator Jeffrey Klein

Flipping the Script on Research

By Danielle Filipiak, Nicole Mirra, &  Antero Garcia Eighth grader Vaughn sits at a table with his peers, navigating between four browser windows open on his computer. He clicks on one of them and begins annotating an article about mental health issues in LGBTQ communities. He then migrates to another and reads in silence before…

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Future Teachers Deterred by Standardized Tests: A Michigan Story, A National Problem

By Lindsay Jeffers Tania, an exuberant, creative, and bright African American student, is finally pursuing a career she has always dreamed about, albeit a little later than she anticipated.  She enrolled at her university in 2013 as an Elementary Education major and began her coursework. During her sophomore year, Tania took the Professional Readiness Exam…

Teachers Sharing Stories for Advocacy and Transformation

To kick off the fall season, we’d like to share a recently-published article by members of the WWC editorial team (Sarah, Mark, Lindsay, Amber, and Eileen). The piece, “’The Biggest Surprise Was the Feeling of Empowerment’: Teachers Sharing Stories for Advocacy and Transformation,” appears in the September 2016 issue of Voices from the Middle, an issue…

Parents: A Literacy Teacher’s Best Ally

By Cathy Fleischer In the early 1990s when I was a newly minted PhD and college professor, I attended a state board of education meeting that was focused on whether or not to adopt a new English Language Arts curriculum.  The curriculum was forward looking, based in current best practices and one that teachers around…

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Counterstories from the writing classroom: Resistance, resilience, refuge

by Deb Kelt & Amber Warrington In a statement that has nearly gone viral in the teaching community, Nancie Atwell urged new teachers to choose the private sector over public schools. Though Nancie’s statement received much press, her words don’t stand alone. Often we hear from teachers leaving their beloved classrooms, stating they “just don’t…

Behind the Scenes

We are about to celebrate our “half” birthday!  Six months of publication of Writers Who Care has brought voices of parents, teachers, and professors together to advocate for authentic writing instruction.  But have you wondered how it all started? If you would like to know more about the beginnings of this blog, our purposes for…