College Resources - National Council of Teachers of English

Video 1: Why I Write

Jacqueline Woodson talks about why she writes, her process, and why it’s important for us all to share our words.

Video 2: Writing = Hope x Change

Jacqueline Woodson explains the “equation” that fuels her work and how it plays out in the books she writes. She reads an excerpt from Each Kindness and points to the moment of change in that story that propels it forward. She concludes with a call to action, inviting us all to tell our stories of hope and change.

Video 3: What will your words change?

Jacqueline Woodson shares an excerpt from her most recent book Harbor Me, centered on a group of middle school students, and discusses how as writers we can create change by questioning the narrative we see around us and sharing the truth of our own stories.

How to Host a Write-In


This resource was developed by Holly Hassel, editor of Teaching English in the Two-Year College and professor at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County, drawing from resources written with Amy Lueck, Jeff Andelora, and Carolyn Calhoon-Dillahunt.


Many educators have felt called to engage with recent public and government conversations about education, language, and literacy. They want to be active in shaping local and national policy and to help their students use their rhetorical skills to do the same. With impending changes to literacy and educational policies across the country, there is no better time to engage our colleagues and to teach our students to advocate.


In hosting a Write-In, writing professionals and writing classes at every grade and level across the country will compose texts that reflect on and advocate for literacy learning. By using the provided activities and or developing their own, this guide can help teachers and their students engage in purpose-driven, persuasive writing for a range of public audiences.


Everyday Advocacy


If you want to dive deeper into writing as a tool for change, visit this resource created by NCTE member Cathy Fleisher and several educators with whom she has worked. This site offers a look into what it means to organize for change and into the critical role that reading, research, and writing can play in working thoughtfully to solve problems. The site includes recommendations for how to use its resources for professional learning, college writing courses, and teacher education courses.