There is almost no way to explain the effect the National Writing Project has had on me as an educator. Since I am a writer (thanks to NWP!), I will try anyway!
The National Writing Project has taught me so much. It has given me confidence as an educator that I would never have otherwise. It has provided me with a professional home and a professional community that continually supports me as I struggle to improve my classroom practice. It has provided me with professional development opportunities at the local and national level. It continually influences who I am when I enter the classroom and when I interact with colleagues.
NWP has also taught me a great deal as a person. It has allowed me to see myself as a writer, opening up a whole new world to me. It has taught me the usefulness of writing on a daily basis in my own life. It has taught me that I can be a leader, that I have something to offer to others.
Without the National Writing Project and the work it facilitates in the state and town that I live in, I would not be who I am as an educator, as a writer or as a person. I know that sounds overly dramatic, but it is the truth!