n the first half of this weeks episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers , we had an inspiring conversation with Katherine Schulten editor of The Learning Network at the New York Times. Our theme for this week's Teachers Teaching Teachers was about increasing teacher voice in public debates. Katherine suggested how we might use The Learning Network for that.
In addition, we were joined by:
- Elyse Eidman-Aadahl , director of National Programs and Site Development at the National Writing Project, University of California, Berkeley
- and Andrea Zellner  a leader at the Red Cedar Writing Project, Michigan State University's site of the NWP.
Andrea and many others in the chat room during the webcast gave witness to why we want to maintain federal funding for the NWP to continue  -- an example of a time when we need to get our voices to be heard!
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In the first half of this weeks episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers , we had an inspiring conversation with Katherine Schulten editor of The Learning Network at the New York Times. Our theme for this week's Teachers Teaching Teachers was about increasing teacher voice in public debates. Katherine suggested how we might use The Learning Network for that.
In addition, we were joined by:
- Elyse Eidman-Aadahl , director of National Programs and Site Development at the National Writing Project, University of California, Berkeley
- and Andrea Zellner  a leader at the Red Cedar Writing Project, Michigan State University's site of the NWP.
Andrea and many o
thers in the chat room during the webcast gave witness to why we want to maintain federal funding for the NWP to continue  -- an example of a time wh
en we need to get our voices to be heard!
"It's been a heady week for teaching and learning discussion on the Times site," writes Katherine Schulten , our first guest on this podcast. One of Katherine's jobs as an editor of the New York Times Learning Network  is to moderate the comments that come in on education-related articles.
- By this last weekend (3/7/2010), the article, "Building a Better Teacher , had 313 comments on it, and had been one of the top most-emailed on the Times site after it went online last Wednesday.
- For several days the article about Diane Ravitch's about-face on NCLB  was right up there too.
- And this article, "Darwin Foes Add Warming to Targets ," which is about teaching Darwin and Global Warming got over 1000 comments.
A Student Opinion post from earlier this week, "Where Do You Stand on Unconcealed Handguns?  "received many lively responses from "students 13 and older," who "are invited [to the Learning Network] to comment on questions about issues in the news."
If you just clicked on those links, your head is probably spinning: so many issues so little time! That's what it feels like to have a conversation with Katherine Schulten, who before she became an editor for the Learning Network was a NYC teacher and a consultant for the New York City Writing Project. Katherine was worried that she was talking too much, because she is so excited about managing the Learning Network.
We'll turned Katherine loose, then we interrupted her with a few questions. We think you'l learn a lot about the New York Times Learning Network on this podcast:
Currently, they are offering these features:
- Lesson Plans  — Daily lesson plans based on New York Times content.
- Student Opinion  — News-related questions that invite response from students age 13 and older.
- Word of the Day  — Vocabulary words in the context of recent Times articles.
- 6 Q’s About the News s — An activity in which students answer basic questions (Who, What, Where, When, Why and How) about an article.
- News Quiz  — Interactive daily news quizzes on current top stories.
- Student Crossword  — Topical puzzles geared toward teens.
The award-winning Learning Network was created in the fall of 1998. In October 2009, they re-launched it as a Times blog.
Click Read more to see a copy of the chat that was happening during the webcast.
20:39:12 ElyseEA: Hi Susan,
20:40:31 ElyseEA: The skype account I'm on is Elyse and Carl Aadahl
20:46:06 SusanEttenheim: hi! just aback
20:46:08 SusanEttenheim: back
20:46:20 ElyseEA: :)
20:48:02 Paul Allison: I'm on my way!
20:52:26 Paul Oh: hi everyone!
20:52:36 ElyseEA: Hi Paul and Paul
20:53:02 Paul Oh: hi Elyse
20:53:03 SusanEttenheim: mschoenberger
20:53:05 SusanEttenheim: hi!
20:53:07 mschoenberger: hello!
20:56:58 SusanEttenheim: hi jenny - welcome!
20:57:22 jennyb: What's happening tonight?
20:57:49 SusanEttenheim: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/ 
20:58:21 jennyb: oops
20:59:34 jennyb: I can hear y'all
21:00:21 SusanEttenheim: thanks jenny!
21:00:27 SusanEttenheim: welcome everyone
21:00:28 mschoenberger: i'm on! I can hear too!
21:01:09 mschoenberger: that's why I love this time! Put the kids to bed and then log on!
21:01:30 SusanEttenheim: mschoenberger and jenny - please introduce yourself!
21:01:36 SusanEttenheim: where and what do you teach?
21:01:41 jennyb: In my case, hand the kids the keys and log on.
21:01:43 ElyseEA: Hi everyone, great to see so many familiar names...and new names
21:01:53 Paul W. Hankins: Hello, room. I am listening, but not on a Skype connection.
21:02:04 SusanEttenheim: elysea welcome and paul! please introduce yourself!
21:02:14 mschoenberger: I am a tech teacher and gifted and talented teacher in Medford NJ.
21:02:24 jennyb: Rural West Tennessee, 2nd grade during the day and 6th-8th after school
21:02:28 SusanEttenheim: what ages?
21:02:40 ElyseEA: I'm Elyse Eidman-Aadahl at the National Writing Project
21:02:41 mschoenberger: Teach K-5
21:02:42 SusanEttenheim: jenny that always makes me shake my head...
21:03:07 jennyb: After 3 kids, it's a piece of cake
21:03:18 SusanEttenheim: wow how old are your 3?
21:03:18 jennyb: (at least I keep telling myself that)
21:04:24 SusanEttenheim: haha jenny!
21:04:35 jennyb: 26, 22 and 19 - I'm pretty much empty nested
21:04:44 SusanEttenheim: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/ 
21:05:07 SusanEttenheim: wow jenny - mine are 23 and 21 one back and the other one on the way back I'm afraid...
21:05:11 SusanEttenheim: graduate school
21:05:33 SusanEttenheim: have you all seen the learning network at the nytimes?
21:05:52 mschoenberger: no--this is my first time reading it. Looks interesting.
21:06:14 SusanEttenheim: can you believe that we're talking to the person who runs that?
21:06:18 SusanEttenheim: I think it's amazing
21:06:21 mschoenberger: that is awesome!
21:06:28 SusanEttenheim: :)
21:07:16 jennyb: My brother just retired last year from the NYT Computer Auditing Dept., Doug Andersen - he's always talked about the stuff NYT was doing, I'm wondering if Katherine knows him (I think their departments were nearby somehow)
21:08:14 SusanEttenheim: wow!
21:08:55 Paul W. Hankins: This is super. I cannot believe we are chatting up the person behind this wonderful resource!
21:09:10 SusanEttenheim: I agree! questions for her??
21:09:13 Paul Oh: Hi Paul Hankins! Yes, it's incredible, isn't it?
21:09:31 SusanEttenheim: paul and paul - will you introduce yourself/ves... pls!
21:09:56 SusanEttenheim: hi gail! welcome!
21:10:02 SusanEttenheim: please introduce yourself!
21:10:14 mschoenberger: just added them to my "follow" on twitter.
21:10:15 SusanEttenheim: questions for Katherine??
21:10:31 Gail Desler: Hi Susan. This is Gail from California - and nwp
21:10:59 Paul W. Hankins: Paul W. Hankins from Silver Creek High School in S. Indiana. Creator/manager of RAW INcK (Reading and Writing in Kentuckiana). I have a new blog coming out tomorrow on the Share a Story/Shape a Future blogroll.
21:11:02 Gail Desler: Are we using stream A or B
21:11:19 SusanEttenheim: A
21:11:31 SusanEttenheim: welcome paul - how did your chat last week go?
21:12:01 SusanEttenheim: one of my students came in Tuesday and was so sad that she had not made it to the chat because she had been reading one of the authors!
21:13:32 SusanEttenheim: hi dpenas welcome!
21:13:44 SusanEttenheim: please introduce yourself.. .where and what do you teach?
21:13:46 email@example.com: is this the teachers teaching teachers forum?
21:14:18 Paul W. Hankins: Our chat ended up with 20 authors!! We had two crash the party and it went super. Some authors stayed throughout the two hour event.
21:14:20 SusanEttenheim: yes! welcoem
21:14:36 SusanEttenheim: wonderful paul!
21:14:51 SusanEttenheim: dpenas can you hear the audio?
21:14:56 firstname.lastname@example.org: no??
21:15:07 SusanEttenheim: click on edtechtalk A
21:15:17 SusanEttenheim: you can chat here and also listen to the stream
21:15:43 Paul Oh: Here's a link to the article being discussed: www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/magainze/07Teachers-t.html 
21:15:52 SusanEttenheim: thanks paul!
21:15:57 Paul Oh: "Building A Better Teacher"
21:16:00 Paul Oh: You're welcome!
21:16:28 email@example.com: got it i think? is a lady talking to a guy?
21:16:41 firstname.lastname@example.org: talking about comments?
21:17:42 email@example.com: I was on this last night and the chat was just a live....this one seems pretty quiet?
21:17:45 firstname.lastname@example.org: anybody out there?
21:18:06 jennyb: we're here
21:18:06 SusanEttenheim: what do you mean? can you hear the audio?
21:18:07 email@example.com: I teach marketing classes in Eastern, Nebraska......in papillion
21:18:17 firstname.lastname@example.org: I am not sure what or who I am listening to?
21:18:24 email@example.com: talking about blogs i think???? is that right
21:18:44 jennyb: NYT Learning Network
21:18:47 SusanEttenheim: The award-winning Learning Network was created in the fall of 1998. In October 2009, they re-launched it as a Times blog.
21:19:57 firstname.lastname@example.org: Susan, are you one of the ones talking on the stream?
21:20:03 Gail Desler: Pretty cool to have such validation for education via NY Times Learning Network!
21:21:21 jennyb: OOOOOOOOOO found poetry from NYT articles? FANTASTIC!
21:21:42 SusanEttenheim: hi peggy - welcome!
21:21:51 Paul W. Hankins: Found poetry morphed into parallel poetry so that the pieces might not sound to "found."
21:22:01 Gail Desler: Agreeing with jennyb:D
21:22:10 SusanEttenheim: no I'm here in the chat and broadcasting - that is Katherine - from the nytimes
21:22:24 email@example.com: oh , okay, thanks Susan...
21:22:29 firstname.lastname@example.org: hi Jackie!!!
21:22:34 PeggyG: Hi! so sorry I'm late. I was in the PBS Teacher webinar about copyright. It was fantastic!
21:22:42 Gail Desler: Hello @jackiegerstein and PeggyG!
21:22:47 mschoenberger: I Would love to hear about the gifted education being a gifted teacher myself!!
21:22:51 jackiegerstein: Hi - what was the name of that reference again?
21:23:00 katherine.schulten: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/19/care-to-comment-considering... 
21:23:04 Gail Desler: The Genius in All of Us
21:23:12 SusanEttenheim: hi jackie - welcome! please introduce yourself!
21:23:15 PeggyG: Susan Ettenheim's name came up during the webinar so I dropped the link for TTT and announced the webcast :-)
21:23:28 email@example.com: how come when someone posts a link, I am not able to click and open it.
21:23:42 firstname.lastname@example.org: I also try to copy and paste it to a web link, but it doesn't paste??
21:23:48 jackiegerstein: thanks Gail
21:23:59 PeggyG: you have to click and drag the url into the chat box
21:24:15 SusanEttenheim: dpenas - drag and drop into the chat room rather than cut and paste
21:24:20 SusanEttenheim: thanks peggy
21:24:34 email@example.com: drag it from the chat box to the web? i tried that?
21:24:54 PeggyG: no you can just click on the link in the chat to open it in your browser
21:24:55 firstname.lastname@example.org: for example, katherine.schulten posted a link, but i can't open it
21:24:58 SusanEttenheim: no drag what you want to post in the chat room into this space
21:25:04 SusanEttenheim: well, the chat space
21:25:07 email@example.com: but it doesn't open, that's the problem
21:25:17 Paul W. Hankins: Yay, Twitter. Follow me @PaulWHankins.
21:25:18 SusanEttenheim: what browser are you using?
21:25:19 PeggyG: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/19/care-to-comment-considering... 
21:25:37 PeggyG: your browser might be blocking it
21:25:39 SusanEttenheim: paul you are merciless!
21:25:47 SusanEttenheim: yes that's what I'm thinking peggy
21:25:53 ElyseEA: Also, follow @nwpsiteleaders to see what people are reading and talking about in across the NWP.
21:25:54 mschoenberger: Were the editors teachers?
21:25:55 jennyb: If you had it when you were in the classroom, you wouldn't have it in the classroom because social networking is blocked blocked blocked for the time being
21:26:00 SusanEttenheim: or it's set to not have the urls be clickable for some reason
21:26:06 Paul W. Hankins: I am a connector. I read that StrengthFinders 2.0 book about two years ago.
21:26:45 firstname.lastname@example.org: i got it to open!! woohoo! It as blocked, not sure how or why but i got it finally!
21:26:58 SusanEttenheim: :)
21:26:59 PeggyG: there's so much for students (and teachers) to learn about internet discussion protocol
21:27:11 SusanEttenheim: great dpenas!
21:27:12 jackiegerstein: http://www.amazon.com/Genius-All-Us-Everything-Genetics/dp/0385523653 
21:27:12 PeggyG: hooray for you dpenas!!
21:27:15 SusanEttenheim: so glad
21:27:35 Paul W. Hankins: If you really want merciless, I got a sneak peek at the Twilight Graphic Novel Edition. Be nice or I will start describing it. . .releases March 16th on a unsuspecting public.
21:27:37 SusanEttenheim: dpenas what show were you listening to last night?
21:28:00 SusanEttenheim: wow paul!
21:28:07 Gail Desler: agreeing with PeggyG - Students - and teachers - could benefit from Top 10 Reasons we deleted your comment" via NY Times Learning Network!
21:28:09 mschoenberger: thanks jackiegerstein for the link to the book! I am going to take a look at that!
21:28:10 email@example.com: it was last night....ed tech weekly
21:28:33 PeggyG: @dpenas is a very quick learner!! she was on the K12 online Echo show on ETT last night (I think) :-)
21:28:43 Paul W. Hankins: JennyB is my new Tweet Buddy.
21:29:13 jennyb: You betcha, just tweeted about you too!
21:29:16 jackiegerstein: yw mschoenberger
21:29:18 SusanEttenheim: ahh yes - I love that show.. listen as a podcast!
21:29:28 Gail Desler: @Paul Hankins - do you follow jackiegerstein? If not, I highly recommend
21:29:29 PeggyG: Hi Jackie!! we meet again!
21:29:44 firstname.lastname@example.org: jackie, i think you were on last night too? right?
21:30:00 PeggyG: yes Jackie was the featured guest on the show last night!!!!
21:30:09 SusanEttenheim: ok everyone! how about some questions for our guests!!
21:30:23 email@example.com: oh duh!! sorry Peggy....call me dumb.....:D
21:30:30 firstname.lastname@example.org: sorry Jackie
21:30:33 SusanEttenheim: no such thing
21:30:37 SusanEttenheim: :)
21:30:40 jennyb: Matchmaking? I'm missing something
21:30:43 mschoenberger: were these editors teachers?
21:30:46 Paul W. Hankins: @Gail. Of course. I have been following Jackie for. . .the last three seconds.
21:30:56 PeggyG: not at all dpenas!!! :-) I love that you are here!! and learning so quickly!!
21:30:56 Gail Desler: Katherine - Is there a question you would like to be asked?
21:32:07 jackiegerstein: thx - Gail -
21:34:03 Paul Oh: i have a question for all: NWP teachers like AndreaZellner have been asking questions of the DOE press office about NWP funding ...
21:34:06 email@example.com: hey, by the way....I just signed up for Twitter.....never thought I would!! haha!
21:34:11 firstname.lastname@example.org: my name is dpenas
21:34:19 email@example.com: i am now following Jackie!
21:34:55 Paul Oh: ... via Twitter. The DOE press office via Twitter in return has said that they take questions only from "reporters."
21:35:09 jennyb: Paul - I've written my congresspeople
21:35:12 Paul Oh: which begs the question of what is a "reporter" today given social media tools
21:35:30 jackiegerstein: Good for you Bubba
21:35:32 Gail Desler: So "reporter" is not definied by DOE?
21:35:49 Paul Oh: for instance, Andrea as a blogger about this situation - is she a reporter?
21:36:13 jennyb: if I get the appropriate hat, can I be a reporter?
21:36:17 Gail Desler: I'm thinking "yes" @ Paul
21:36:32 SusanEttenheim: jenny you'll need a briefcase too I think..
21:36:39 jennyb: just a notepad
21:36:53 jennyb: blackberry will do
21:36:54 SusanEttenheim: yes!
21:36:59 SusanEttenheim: hi carol welcome!
21:37:18 SusanEttenheim: please introduce yourself!
21:37:21 carolteach4: hi - Susan and Peggy
21:37:37 SusanEttenheim: This is Elyse talking about the NWP
21:37:54 carolteach4: Carolyn from CT - middle school - computer technology integration specialist
21:37:54 PeggyG: hi carolteach4!!! thanks for mentioning Susan E and TTT in the PBS webinar!!
21:38:22 carolteach4: Hi, Peggy - that was an interesting webinar - confusion is STILL there!
21:38:23 Paul W. Hankins: I appreciate Elyse explaining this to us tonight. Sounds good. More money. Sounds complicated with good literacy efforts having to compete for money.
21:38:34 SusanEttenheim: ohh sorry I missed a pbs thing!
21:38:57 PeggyG: that's why they call it copyright confusion!! :-) check out Kristin Hokanson's links
21:39:17 Paul Oh: i would also say that "teacher voice" via social media tools is also about being a "digital citizen," i.e., a new generation type of journalist
21:39:19 SusanEttenheim: do you know that group?
21:39:27 SusanEttenheim: that Elyse is mentioning?
21:39:35 PeggyG: good point Paul Oh!!
21:39:38 Paul Oh: @ Susan which group?
21:39:40 firstname.lastname@example.org: hey every, I have to get going. Sorry! Thanks for the nice conversations. Take care and see everyone next time....Sunday night!
21:39:44 Paul Oh: Thanks Peggy
21:39:57 SusanEttenheim: that Elyse is talking about..
21:40:34 Paul Oh: Susan - I'd like to hear more from AndreaZellner as to what kinds of efforts she's making as a "digital citizen" - can we prompt Paul A. to ask her to talk more about that?
21:40:40 carolteach4: I need to learn more about the National Writing Project - I was following it for awhile last fall when they were calling for entries from kids all over
21:41:04 carolteach4: I read a few and got lost on the web again when I followed links
21:41:10 SusanEttenheim: yes we can!
21:41:31 Gail Desler: @carolteach4 - NWP is an amazing network and resource
21:41:35 Paul Oh: The "Letters to the Next President Project" @carolteach4?
21:42:38 Gail Desler: I have not heard back from my congressmen re my letters:-(
21:42:39 PeggyG: great blog post by Miguel Guhlin re NWP http://www.mguhlin.org/2010/02/diigonotes-no-more-national-writing.html 
21:42:42 carolteach4: Yes, I heard about that. I don't believe we got in on the project in time, but I did have kids answer the question through the Project Tomorrow question
21:42:53 jennyb: Gail - neither have i
21:42:58 ElyseEA: You can see more information about this issue at http://www.nwpworks.ning.com 
21:43:02 Paul W. Hankins: I attended the NWP Annual Conference in Philly. Went to the Billy Collins keynote adress and sat right behind Elyse!
21:43:15 carolteach4: @Peggy -thanks
21:43:34 Gail Desler: Will definitely respond to Miguel G (@PeggyGP)
21:43:40 Paul Oh: thanks for the pointer to the blog post, Peggy!
21:43:52 ElyseEA: I was excited to be meeting YOU Paul!
21:44:20 Gail Desler: Just checked Miguel's post - no comments there ...Yet
21:44:28 jackiegerstein: and those horrible national core common standards
21:45:03 carolteach4: I heard Arne Duncan speak about President Obama's dedication to education, and how they want teacher feedback on those standards that came out today - teachers need to make their voices heard there
21:45:04 PeggyG: hopefully people who read Miguel's post will click on the links and write to their legislators!!
21:45:04 Paul W. Hankins: EdTechTalk is a new opportunity for me to gush about these fantastic educators. I get to call myself a teacher along with Andrea Zellner and Paul Oh. . .it is a great feeling. Gives me a lift when I walk into my building to know that I am networked.
21:45:42 PeggyG: aren't PLNs fabulous Paul W. Hankins??!! :-)
21:45:52 Paul Oh: Ditto with regard to you, Paul H.
21:45:53 carolteach4: Arne Duncan spoke at Celebration of Teaching and Learning in NYC on March 5
21:46:08 SusanEttenheim: ditto again :)
21:46:12 jackiegerstein: Washington Post today The problem(s) with the Common Core standards http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/national-standards/the-pro... 
21:46:21 SusanEttenheim: how was it carol?
21:46:26 Gail Desler: Go Andrea!
21:46:27 jennyb: lovefest going on here
21:46:31 SusanEttenheim: I hope you had a nice day there!
21:46:57 PeggyG: how handy--a cell phone hotline list :-)
21:46:59 carolteach4: Well, he seemed to be committed to supporting teachers and to fixing what is wrong with NCLB - he got a lot of applause.
21:47:07 Paul W. Hankins: Arne Duncan came to Louisville last summer. One a three on three basketball tournament and split a 25G Prize. Didn't visit any schools. Didn't use any of that money to help fund my classroom library.
21:47:55 carolteach4: lots of feedback in the audio
21:47:57 jackiegerstein: How Millennial Are You? http://pewresearch.org/millennials/quiz/ 
21:49:06 Paul Oh: Here is the link to Andrea's blog post: http://alzellner.edublogs.org/2010/02/18/becoming-a-teacher/ 
21:49:17 Paul W. Hankins: That should have been "won a 3-on-3." Sheesh. And I call myself a TC.
21:49:27 PeggyG: no racing to the top here in AZ!
21:49:36 jennyb: Tennessee's in on RTT - I'm not really sure if I'm happy about that
21:50:09 Paul W. Hankins: Indiana is not on the RTT list. And we invented basketball. We thought we had Arne's heart.
21:50:28 carolteach4: It's too bad that politics has such an influence on education -often negatively.
21:50:45 Paul W. Hankins: And Michigan. . .Michigan is part of the seven day creation plan. How are they not RTT?
21:51:02 Gail Desler: Doesn't look as though twitter.com/arneduncan is it. Anybody have his Twitter address?
21:51:06 carolteach4: Isolation in Teaching - that is what is so great about Nings - webinars - PLN's - etc.
21:51:22 Paul Allison: http://nwpworks.ning.com/ 
21:51:32 Paul Oh: there is this DOE twitter acct, Gail: @EdPressSec
21:51:46 PeggyG: that is an incredible blog post!! very powerful!
21:52:01 Paul Oh: Yes, Peggy, isn't it!
21:53:19 Paul W. Hankins: Not being snarky, but Arne doesn't Tweet. He crows, but doesn't tweet. I am following @EdPressSec. Good tweets. NWP=oldest sustained professional development in America. RIF has serviced younger readers since the 60's. You can follow Carol Rasco from RIF on Twitter.
21:53:34 jennyb: The West Tennessee Writing Project keeps me sane, focused and enthusiastic in these tough teaching times
21:53:42 AndreaZEllner: MI was not one of finalists, to answer your question from way earlier, Paul H. :)
21:54:04 PeggyG: http://twitter.com/BarackObama  you could always use this link :-)
21:54:16 AndreaZEllner: Thanks, Peggy: glad you liked the post.
21:54:19 carolteach4: @Paul - wow! I wondered.
21:55:22 carolteach4: There was a discussion on PBS this afternoon about the terrible relationship between the House and the Senate
21:55:23 jennyb: yet again, I have a buttload of tabs open in my Firefox - thanks as always TTT
21:55:37 Gail Desler: Andrea, just finished reading the post - wonderful!
21:55:41 Paul W. Hankins: The people I talk to from my homestate of Michigan are so passionate. I am thinking of Amber White and Maja Wilson. Watch when you mess with the Mitt or they will show you the quickest route to the upper peninsula.
21:55:59 PeggyG: stories and blog posts that have an emotional, personal statement reaches people much more than "facts" :-)
21:56:36 jennyb: Wonderful post Andrea
21:56:44 mschoenberger: @jennyb--same here!
21:57:12 jennyb: Without the writing project? I. . . I. . . I don't know how I could continue functioning
21:57:30 Paul W. Hankins: It is a nice testament, Andrea. I think this is one of the paradoxes of NWP sometimes. We speak passionately about how our involvement has affected us, but to blog about it. Thanks, Andrea. . .
21:57:42 PeggyG: that is so true about "teacher voice"!! social networking is a powerful thing!
21:57:45 Paul W. Hankins: #edchat is super!
21:57:54 jackiegerstein: It is a minority of educators - though - sadly - that are connected
21:58:08 ElyseEA: You can find sample letters and other information related to the NWP funding situation at http://nwpworks.ning.com 
21:58:21 PeggyG: but it's a growing number, Jackie!
21:58:24 jennyb: many teachers keep their head down as Andrea said, without connecions
21:58:33 carolteach4: @jackiegerstein - you took the works right out of my mouth; I was trying to figure out how to say that.
21:58:56 Paul W. Hankins: We have a new site in Indiana. We have a TC in every county of Indiana except one. And this won't be true for long!
21:59:16 carolteach4: @peggy - I did finally get my media specialist to join a webinar tonigh. I don't know yet what was her take on it, however.
21:59:49 jackiegerstein: I know Peggy - but in the schools where I have worked - have contact, almost no teachers are using educational - social networking
21:59:50 jennyb: a TC in every county? WOW! I think we'll co-opt your goal for TN
21:59:53 PeggyG: that was such a great conversation on EdTech Weekly about NWP!!
22:00:09 mschoenberger: @jackiegerstein--i totally agree! In my school I have about 2 teachers that are connected!
22:00:23 PeggyG: be sure to follow up with your media specialist @carolteach4 :-)
22:00:31 carolteach4: What about asking NEA to support it?
22:00:33 SusanEttenheim: now I want to readit!!
22:00:59 carolteach4: @Peggy - you bet I will. She is a wonderful teacher.
22:01:39 Paul W. Hankins: Don't forget Jim Burke's wonderful Ning, http://englishcompanion.ning.com 
22:01:56 jennyb: I'm president of my local - I'll check into TEA/NEA
22:01:59 Paul W. Hankins: 12,500 members. English teachers, professors, authors, etc.
22:02:24 mschoenberger: Being connected takes time. My teachers say they don't have the time.
22:02:36 jennyb: Is there some way to find out how many WP members are also members of the teacher association?
22:03:02 carolteach4: @mschoenberger - I hear the same thing, but I keep trying to get them engaged.
22:03:09 ElyseEA: Jim Burke has been very supportive and has sent out messages to the EC Ning community
22:03:25 PeggyG: this passion is so exciting and energizing!!!
22:03:38 Paul Oh: I agree, Peggy!
22:04:03 carolteach4: How about using Tech and Learning - they have guest bloggers
22:04:20 PeggyG: I'm a new follower of Andrea on Twitter too!!
22:04:26 carolteach4: Cheryl Oakes and Bob Sprankle blog for them.
22:04:45 AndreaZEllner: You guys are the best! :)
22:05:03 Paul W. Hankins: We are the newest podcast at http://teachersteachingteachers.org . RAW INcK!
22:05:22 carolteach4: I am having a really hard time keeping up with Twitter - don't log in much at all; I know I'm missing so much, but ......
22:05:56 ElyseEA: That's the goal -- find great work and support it to continue and grow to impact more teachers
22:06:02 jackiegerstein: thx
22:06:03 carolteach4: @Paul - hey, I joined RAW INcK - will have to go visit again.
22:06:25 PeggyG: yes you are missing out :-) try tweetdeck to keep up
22:06:54 PeggyG: thank you so much!!! what a great conversation!!!!
22:06:58 SusanEttenheim: people get together in non linear ways now, right :)
22:06:59 Paul Oh: you can follow NWP at twitter.com/writingproject
22:07:00 jennyb: muchas gracias!
22:07:05 carolteach4: @Peggy - I was booked solid in the lab today and didn't even get to check email until the afternoon bell rang.
22:07:13 Gail Desler: Night all.
22:07:15 PeggyG: not related to edchat
22:07:18 Paul Oh: also twitter.com/nwpsiteleaders
22:07:33 PeggyG: just common people on many of the networks
22:08:05 Paul W. Hankins: Thanks, Paul and Susan, for another great session!
22:08:13 SusanEttenheim: thanks for joining us!
22:08:14 carolteach4: @Susan - make sure to listen to the archive of the PBS event tonight
22:08:22 PeggyG: thanks for those linkes Paul!!
22:08:25 carolteach4: Peter Jaszi was a guest.
22:08:28 jennyb: what's up next week?
22:08:34 AndreaZEllner: Thanks, everyone!
22:08:42 SusanEttenheim: night all!
22:08:45 ElyseEA: Thanks everyone, and good night.
22:08:46 jennyb: how do we get to the PBS event?
22:08:51 Paul Oh: Good night everyone!
22:08:59 PeggyG: thanks everyone! good night!
22:08:59 jennyb: good night
22:09:13 carolteach4: Go to PBS teachers and you'll find the link
22:09:18 PeggyG: go to the pbsteachers.org site for the webinars
22:09:30 PeggyG: should be posted by tomorrow
22:09:47 carolteach4: @Peggy - thanks - I never can come up with those URL's as fast as you can.
22:09:57 PeggyG: :-)
22:10:07 carolteach4: You must be exhausted, Peggy. I know I am.
22:10:21 PeggyG: yes! but it's a good exhaustion!!
22:10:34 carolteach4: Yes, indeed. Good night - sweet dreams.
22:10:42 PeggyG: good night