10th & 11th Grades
Alain LeRoy Locke High School for Green Dot Public Schools
Local Writing Project:
UCLA Writing Project (UCLAWP)
#EdTech Perspectives: Access & Equity: http://www.digitallearningday.org/Page/354
Awards & Recognition
- National Board Certified
- UCLAWP Teacher Consultant
My local writing project offered me mentorship. I work in an under-served school with constant turnover; six weeks into my career I was the most veteran English teacher on campus. The UCLAWP was the genesis of infinite ah-ha moments, from the first year until today. Now, as a mid-career teacher, I have found that the Writing Project has pushed me to improve and grow through its opportunities to reach out to colleagues, explore new technology, and develop strategies to serve our highest need students.
After publishing in the UCLAWP summer anthology (deliciously named Cookie Jar), I was motivated to send my writing to What Teaching Means, a non-fiction anthology and later to start posting on the National Writing Project’s site, Digital Is. My colleagues and their practical advice gave me the courage to say,”My name is Kate, and I am a writer.”
I am proud to be a leader in the Writing Project because the core of every meeting, conference, workshop, or in-service is serving students. I have learned from remarkable educators about what it means to ensure all students have access to high quality education, one that prepares them for academics as well as a better life and a stronger democracy.
I believe that writing is one of the most powerful agents of social change that my students can access. In a global society, their words can reach across nations and even languages, and it is our responsibility to help students communicate clearly, effectively, with tolerance, and a desire to understand others.
I honestly love a number of books for different reasons. I think Tyrone Howard’s Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools helps center the “why” behind our writing in meaningful ways. If I could follow a writing instructor around, it would be Linda Christensen, and I recommend all of her books, but especially Writing for Joy and Justice. If I was stuck on a desert island, Lord of the Flies style with a group of students, I would pack Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, our core text, and hope we make it a few pages in before they start to sharpen sticks.