The Arkansas Delta Oral History Project: Culture, Place, & Authenticity

Co-authored by Dr. Christian Goering, this work documents a multiyear collaboration among the University of Arkansas and several high schools in rural Arkansas that encourages students to learn about and celebrate their region.

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"A Place Thriving with History": Reclaiming Narratives About Literacy in the Arkansas Ozarks

This community inquiry project invited students to collect oral histories to reclaim narratives about literacy in the region where they lived.

Read the article published in the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy

The Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing: Scholarship and Applications

This volume illustrates how the Framework can support student success in postsecondary writing courses and in four arenas of life: academic, professional, civic, and personal. Contributors include Dr. Ellen Shelton.

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Letters to the Next President 2.0

Letters to the Next President (L2P) began as an activity sponsored by the National Writing Project and Google during the 2008 presidential election. At that time, Google Docs was the newest way for teachers and students to share writing across the internet and revise in real time. This project allowed students to publish their opinions to a global audience through a well-publicized forum.

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Teaching Argumentative Writing to Teachers and Students: Effects of Professional Development

A two-year professional development (PD) program was provided to two rural districts through the Investing in Innovation (i3) grant awarded to the National Writing Project (NWP). Students’ writing scores increased after their teachers adopted and adapted the PD in their classrooms.

Read the article published in Professional Development in Education

Creating in a Participatory Culture: Perceptions of Digital Tools Among Teachers

Researchers explore teachers’ perceptions of digital and Web 2.0 tools for literacy instruction and identify the need for PD to assist in the use of these tools.

Read the article published in Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education

Obstacles to Enhancing Professional Development with Digital Tools in Rural Landscapes

This case study investigates the use of online tools (including blogs) to increase communication and collaboration between teachers and PD facilitators throughout rural regions—where geographical distance may limit opportunities for face-to-face meetings.

Read the article published in the Journal of Research in Rural Education

Common Factors Among High-Adopting Teachers Experiencing Professional Development in Writing Instruction

This article analyzes why some educators more readily implement writing instruction techniques learned in their PD programs and how high adoption rates impact students’ writing achievement.

Read the article published in the Literacy Research Association's 63rd Yearbook

Argument Reading and Writing Strategies for Middle and High School

Contact the book's first author, Dr. Rebecca Kaminski