2019-2020 Regional Events for the National Writing Project Network of Sites
Historically, some of the most inspirational work within the National Writing Project has emanated from Project Outreach, the Urban Sites Network, and the English Learners Network, which seeded innovative work across the 180+ sites through small grants and a rotating regional conference. As a result, for many, the National Writing Project became an enactment of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vision of "Beloved Community"--a place where educators of color and others working with minoritized and marginalized youth--could reconcile differences and imagine new possibilities. However, as the National Writing Project has faced new federal policies and disappearing funding streams, these networks could not be sustained and some of the diversity we value has been lost. We propose that the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, in concert with diverse seasoned and emerging leaders across the National Writing Project, rethink how to develop and sustain an innovative network of support for diverse educators, both in and out of school. What emerges might be new partnerships, a rotating conference, and online methods or opportunities. We received a one-year extension due to the pandemic.