The Power of the NWP as it Makes an Evolutionary Leap Forward —— An Evaluator’s Perspective

Publication: March 2012

Project: National Writing Project

Authors: Mark St. John and Laura Stokes

Type: Slide Presentation

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This is a slide presentation prepared for the 2012 Spring Meeting of the National Writing Project, held in Washington, D.C., on March 29. This meeting focused on celebrating the NWP’s success in garnering a SEED grant and on making the case for the NWP’s vital national role in writing improvement. The presentation begins with an overview of data showing the NWP’s cumulative leadership development and work accomplished over more than 35 years. The presentation then focuses on why the NWP is so strong and well positioned as it makes an evolutionary leap into a more uncertain funding environment: it is a true networked organization. Networks have unique characteristics that make them highly adaptive and effective. The presentation concludes with an analysis of the multiple forms of “capital” the NWP has accrued and is now able to draw upon as it defines its future. The closing image is of an aspen grove—the earth’s largest living organism, flourishing and growing from a unified root system.

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The National Writing Project, Federal, State, and Local Policy Makers, Funders, Educators, Teachers, Reform Leaders, and general public.


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