FAQs

What do teachers in W4C do?

Teachers in W4C interact on the platform and support students in participating there. We ask that new teachers commit to participating with their students for at least one activity cycle (6-10 weeks).

  • Engage in the community yourself and act as a guide for your students to help connect them with the possibilities the community offers. We hope you will be an active member with other teachers, creating new networks of teachers who support writing for change.
  • Guide your students in working through 3 projects. These are asynchronous projects with no due date and can be as simple or elaborate as you want. Of course, you can create/use your own curriculum and projects as well—or adapt these to suit your purposes. We think three projects is the right number to get students engaged together and moving forward at a productive pace.
  • Facilitate weekly interactions online. We have weekly challenges (groups can sponsor new ones too, so submit ideas!) that support the broader theme of the activity cycle. We ask that you get students online at least once a week to participate in the challenges, collaborate with others, join a discussion forum, and interact with other people’s writings.
  • Post regularly (e.g., once a week) about your site (e.g., what you all are working on, info about your school or program, cool W4C activities, etc.). This can be done in collaboration with your students and can take the form of a blog post, video, podcast, photos, art work etc. You will have a group page in the community that you can update each week.
  • Optional: You might want to get more involved in W4C: sign up to be in the research study and sign students up as well; participate in our curriculum development efforts; or work as a ‘core teacher’ as we expand W4C. See below for more details!
What do students in W4C do?

Students in the W4C community are asked to participate in a few different activities that can begin as teacher facilitated work but become self-directed over time.

  • Engage in weekly challenges.
  • Compose in response to 3 projects and post the work to the W4C community (it can be in-process work as well as finished work).
  • Participate on the platform by posting, commenting, collaborating, and connecting at least once a week (even better: 3+ times per week).
  • Optional activities:
    • Connect outside of W4C and document/report on those efforts. We will post invitations to contests or publishing opportunities that youth may enjoy.
    • Track their impact in the W4C community in some way. This might be a visual, a written reflection, a tally count etc. We are developing a lot of tools to help them write for impact (called the Impact Studio).
    • Join the research study.
I am interested. How do I sign up to learn more?

 

  • Send us an email. Fill in the contact sheet on this website or send us an email to get started and we will be in touch with next steps.
  • Go to our teacher page. Our password protected teacher page has more information about the curriculum and next steps. Once you have been in touch with us, we will share the password. You can take our initial survey, read through the additional information, and get a log in password for our private platform so you can browse around (and talk to others in the community).

 

We are all signed up on W4C. What do I do to get started?

 

  • Meet with us (optional). Many teachers have said they like to talk to someone from the W4C project before they begin. We are happy to schedule an audio or  video orientation call with you and/or to meet with your students via Skype or Google Hangouts to discuss the community and answer questions.
  • Name your group. Working with your students, develop a short name for your group. Let us know what your group name is so we can create a page for you in the community. Send us a picture of the group we can use on your page.
  • Do an orientation module. We have a short orientation module for students introducing them to the project and community.
  • Post introductions. Have each person participating (you included) post an introduction to the community in the “Introductions!” #hashtag. Make this introduction as creative as you’d like.
  • Do the first challenge. Have each person participating (you included) post a response to the first challenge.

 

How can I get more involved in the W4C project?

If you are interested in being even more involved in the W4C project you can:

  • Sign up to participate in the research study and invite your students to join
  • Schedule an interview with the research team
  • Contribute to curriculum development (informally by posting ideas in the teacher community or more formally by joining the research team)
  • Volunteer to be one of the W4C core teachers who shape the work of the project in different ways: being a regional leader (recruiting colleagues and representing the project in your region); being a liaison with other partners and organizations (e.g., National Writing Project, youth contests, etc.); acting as a coach (helping alumni or leading professional development for other teachers; or acting as a sponsor (someone who helps promote work outside of the W4C community; e.g., at conferences or in co-authored publications).

 

Contact us at w4cproject@gmail.com for more information.