Director, National Programs and Site Development at the National Writing Project, University of California, Berkeley
Area of Expertise:
Digital writing, connected learning, professional development, action research and inquiry, networked organizations and communities of practice
Elyse Eidman-Aadahl directs National Programs and Site Development for the National Writing Project (NWP), a network of nearly 200 literacy-focused professional development and research centers located at universities across all 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Based at the University of California-Berkeley, Eidman-Aadahl designs and leads nationally-networked learning and research initiatives for educators working in K-12, university, and out-of-school settings. She is the founder, along with Christina Cantrill, of NWP’s Digital Is. Formerly a high school English and journalism teacher, university professor, and evaluation consultant, Eidman-Aadahl specializes in professional development for literacy education in a digital age. She has worked with numerous organizations focused on literacy learning, youth development and civic engagement as they work to create and assess powerful learning contexts for young people and the adults who work with them. With a Ph.D. in curriculum theory from the University of Maryland College Park, Eidman-Aadahl is well-known for co-authoring Because Digital Writing Matters (Jossey-Bass, 2010) and Writing for a Change: Boosting Literacy and Learning through Social Action (Jossey-Bass, 2008).