Keeping this in mind, I was shocked that the National Writing Project lost funding. After all, if we want our students to become problem solvers, to write in a variety of formats and to create complex thoughts we need to train those people who teach them.
The National Writing Project was a great influence on how I teach writing. Many writing teachers try to teach a format, but the writing project teaches the thinking process. National Writing Project is a true gem in the world of teacher training and education. It's a shame for our children's sake that we're loosing the funding to keep this program alive for our children.
If you love to write, if you love children and value their education, please take the time to write your respresentatives and ask them to fund this project.
Check out this article in The Washington Post on why The National Writing Project should be saved.
Nagin, C. (2003). Because Writing Matters: Improving Student Writing in our Schools. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons