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About the Invitational

As Site Director Dr. Roxanne Henkin says, the San Antonio Writing Project “made the decision to go completely digital in 2007, which means that everything about our site became digital.”  With the help of Technology Liaison Dr. Lennie Irvin,...
In order to address financial and logistical challenges, Chicago Area WP offers an innovative "Summer Institute Plus" model.  In 2015 and for the fourth year, CAWP has offered what we have been calling “Summer Institute Plus,” which is a...
WI Greater Madison Writing Project Offers a Make it Better Writing Acivity to Promote Positive School Change in ISI: One slight modification we made this year was the inclusion of a writing activity we titled Imagine It Better … Make It Better. We...
Eastern Illinois Writing Project begins every summer institute session with sacred time for teachers to write in their journals.  Co-director Amber Laquet explains EIWP’s weekly “writing crawls” that have become part of the ISI experience:...

Programs and practices

Supported by a growing roster of bilingual teacher consultants, a continuing, characteristic focus on teaching English Language Learners, a record of in-service activities including an annual teachers’ conference, and professional development...
With funding provided by the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Texas – San Antonio, San Antonio Writing Project teacher consultants conducted a week-long summer writing camp for students in grades 4 to 6 in July, 2015....
Upper Cumberland Writing Project describes and reflects on their three recent writing PD workshops.  In the fall of 2015, we’re conducting three standalone writing PD workshops for K-12 teachers (see attached PDF-format flyer). Each three-hour...
Building on the success of their past camps, Western Kentucky University WP offers a three-day summer camp focused on the theme of "Writing to Make a Difference."  Encouraged by the success of the one-day camps, three years ago we implemented a...

Supporting leaders/ supporting leadership

Western Kentucky University WP creates opportunities for ISI Fellows to assume more active roles in their site.  In summer 2015, we tried another adaptation of the institute by offering previous Fellows who had already received 6 hrs. of credit...
Kentucky Western uses SEED Leadership funding to develop video resources for teachers.  In order to provide resources that teachers could access at their convenience and as needed, our site has started developing a video library of model...
WA Central Washington Writing Project Creates Teacher Leadership Academy to Promote Site Leadership Development: In our 2014-2016 SEED Teacher Leadership Grant proposal, we requested funding to establish a Teacher Leadership Academy. Thus, in our...
Leaders from the Boise State Writing Project have sharpened the coaching plans for demonstrations in a bid to increase the quality and open new presentation opportunities: Though coaching has continued unabated in the eight weeks between the pre-...

University connections

TN West Tennessee partners to offer PD to teachers who attend Young Writers Conference.  Although not entirely new, WTWP continues with its third year in partnership with its host department at UT Martin—EMFL—to deliver Professional Development...
WI Greater Madison Writing Project Offers University First Year Writing Programs/High School English Teachers Symposium: This is another program that was at the idea stage this time last year that has come to fruition. In January 2015 we hosted what...
Eastern Michigan Writing Project faculty leaders Cathy Fleischer and Ann Blakeslee, seeking university funding for disciplinary literacies work, designed their efforts so they were able to bring together secondary practitioners and faculty in...
Through ongoing collaboration with the university's service learning program, Boise State Writing Project is able to give and gain support for justice work.  In the words of the site leaders: Over the past five years we have collaborated...

Schools, partners, and others we work with

After rethinking their model for professional development, New Hampshire WP forms a team of TCs  to provide more standarized professional development to district schools.  This year, we have refined our conceptual model for providing...
Western Kentucky WP benefits from ongoing relationships with WKY Reading Project and the School of Teacher Education by offering co-sponsored workshops and professional development as well as by recruiting for their Invitational Summer Institute....
IL Chicago WP partners with The Center for the Collaborative Classroom to co-sponsor three workshops and finds the Being a Writer and Making Meaning curriuculm to be an effective fit for local teachers' needs.    We mentioned in our last...
Site leaders from the Long Island Writing Project designed a workshop on how Twitter is transforming us as educators.  In preparation for the workshop, the facilitators, Kathy Sokolowski and Darshna Katwala, surveyed teacher-consultants, who...

Money matters

MI Top of the MIT Writing Project Offers Innovative Fundraising Film: We were able to secure a grant from the producers of an award winning Sundance Film to show as a fundraiser for our project. With the help of one of our community partners, the...
Faced with financial pressures, the Boise State Writing Project strategically pursued dedicated sponsorships: We have begun experimenting with dedicated sponsorships for ISI/fellowship year fellowships. E.g. The Micron Foundation has supported a...
SCWriP uses the NWP Business Planning for Program Development resource to combat a series of funding losses and staffing changes in its Young Writers program. By analyzing the situation, SCWriP was able to develop new relationships and its summer...
Missouri WP finds connections with multiple institutions to be advantageous in these difficult financial times ...  A big change this year for the MWPN has been the fact that we received an Improving Teacher Quality Grant (ITQG). This...

Being a network

In conjunction with The San Antonio Writing Project and six other Texas Writing Project Sites, the Texas Educational Agency launched an initiative in 2014 to promote writing across the curriculum in middle and high schools in areas where students...
For the second summer, "Telling Our Stories/Raising Our Voices," an advocacy training workshop for educators designed and led by Dr. Cathy Fleischer, was sponsored by the Eastern Michigan Writing Project.  Cathy reports, Beginning with their...
When Buzzards Bay Writing Project in Massachusetts received a request for a writing curriculum review from the superintendent of Duxbury Schools, the site knew it needed help, and its director contacted the two other NWP sites in the state: ...In...
Boise State Writing Project is engaged with an important partnership with the Idaho State Department of Education: the Idaho Core Coach Network.  The network, which involves 16 coaches, all of whom are National Writing Project teacher-...