NY Hudson Valley WP Moves to a Yearlong Invitational Institute Model

Nov 3, 2014
Posted by: Heather Bruce

Hudson Valley Writing Project turns away from a summer-only institute model to a year-round model.

The Invitational, in its first year includes three courses: Teacher as Writer (summer), Teacher as Learner (fall), and Teacher as Leader (spring). The summer is a face-to-face program and the fall and spring have a “blended” format that includes four, face-to-face meetings and incorporates strategic inquiry-oriented learning in an online, Word Press platform.  

Following is a description of the year-long institute program that includes a link to their application:Comprised of three SUNY New Paltz graduate courses offered over the course of a single year, HVWP's Invitational Institute, LEADERSHIP IN THE TEACHING OF WRITING, is designed for educators who wish to develop expertise in writing instruction and literacy development, and serve as leaders in their school communities.


 TEACHERS AS WRITERS: HVWP Invitational Institute 1 (3 credits) 

SUMMER 2015: May 9, July 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 / 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
In this ten-session seminar, you will develop skills and confidence as a writing teacher as you engage in personal and professional writing. You will learn innovative teaching strategies aligned with the Common Core. Working with a coach, you will design a professional development workshop based on what works in your own classroom. 

TEACHERS AS LEARNERS: HVWP Invitational Institute 2 (3 credits) 
FALL 2015: Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Oct. 24 , Nov. 7, Dec. 5 / 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
In a blended learning format that includes five Saturday sessions and weekly online coursework, you will deepen your understanding of writing instruction and action research methods. With collegial support, you will plan and lead a writing workshop for an audience that includes teachers and/or student writers. 

TEACHERS AS LEADERS: HVWP Invitational Institute 3 (3 credits) 
SPRING 2016: Jan. 23, Feb. 6, March 5, April 9, May 7 / 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
In this capstone course that includes five Saturday sessions and weekly online coursework, you will design and lead a writing project for your school community and/or the HVWP network. Using action research methods, you will develop skills to document student learning and assess the impact of your leadership. 


HVWP invites applications from educators who work with students of all ages--from pre-kindergarten to college--and in all subject areas, including English Language Arts, social studies, science, math, the arts, special education, and English as a Second Language. HVWP maintains a special interest in working with educators who teach English language learners, as well as those who work with students from communities impacted by poverty. 

Participants are selected based on their interest in learning and leadership, their teaching experience, their written application, and a collegial interview.

LEADERSHIP IN THE TEACHING OF WRITING is offered in partnership with SUNY New Paltz and the New Paltz Central School District at a reduced tuition of $850 for each 3-credit course (regularly estimated at $1,400 per course). There are no additional fees. Ask your school administrators how HVWP's Institute fits with your district's salary incentive programs.

This was one of the very best professional development opportunities I have experienced in my 30-year career. It feels as if I've come home! Your planning and facilitation is so comprehensive and smooth . . . . I came away refreshed and inspired, with new colleagues and friends and a connection to an amazing professional community of writers and learners. Thank you! 

                                                        - Connie Dodd, Participant, 2014-15 Invitational Institute