Six Word Slice of Life: Talking and Listening

(For this month’s Slice of Life Challenge with Two Writing Teachers, I am aiming to do Six Word Slices most days, with some extended slices on other days.)

Context: As I mentioned in my Slice of Life yesterday, I am here in Washington DC, with a large group of National Writing Project teachers, lobbying our members of Congress to support educational funding for professional development for teachers. The president has decimated that funding in his budget but the recently passed funding deal might have a little more leeway for increases. We in the writing project network hope to be able to tap and leverage federal funds for our work. My Massachusetts contingent visited the offices of four Representatives (Kennedy, Neal and McGovern) and two Senators (Warren and Markey), telling our stories as teachers in the classroom. To be honest, these were sympathetic ears, already supportive of education. But telling our stories of our work, and the stories of our students, to those in power is still important. I think we’ve all learned, you can’t rest on your laurels these days.

Six Word Slice of Life Talking and Listening

Peace (in the halls of power),
Kevin

9 Comments
  1. I love that you take opportunities to promote what you believe in. I visit Boston each summer for a few weeks and would love to get involved in the NWP. I hope you get some funding.

  2. So glad you are doing this! Good for you! I’m not even teaching in the US right now, and I still follow the NWP and support your work. May those in power listen. Your six word slice is powerful.

  3. Thank you for speaking for all teachers. We participate in the Connecticut Writing Project and I so appreciate your efforts to get teachers the much needed funds we need to keep growing.

  4. Thank you for doing this work. Taking the time to go and walk the walk takes a lot of energy. Thank you. I will come back and check for the six word slice. You have me interested.

  5. You have great representation in Massachusetts. I hope you can persuade more elected officials to fund programs like NWP that have such a huge impact on teachers (and kids)!

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