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Issue Number 8 Published Tuesday, September 1, 2015

 

Today, there can be no doubt: the landscape of education is changing, and much of this change has been influenced if not prompted by emerging technology (Trilling & Fadel, 2009).  It should be no surprise that change would also come to institutions like the Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) of National Writing Project sites.  From the Foreward of Changing Times: An Instructor’s View of Adapting the Invitational Summer Institute of the Maine Writing Project to an Online Environment

 

The start of September marks the end of summer. This turning point at the beginning of the new school year is a time to look back and reflect on summer programs and look forward to the work of the coming year.  To mark this moment, the September 1 issue of The Model at Work pulls together a collection of posts that illustrate the ways in which sites are thinking about and rethinking their Invitational Institutes.

In recent years, several local NWP sites have responded to the changing landscape in education by exploring a variety of adaptations to the traditional Invitational Institute. This issue offers glimpses of a range of adaptations that have emerged from a process of continuing reflection and revision and captures a range of voices that describe the careful and important work that local Writing Projects are undertaking as they look to refine this core NWP program.

Gathered here are examples of the variety of ways in which local sites are exploring the affordances of new technologies that provide opportunities to combine face-to-face and online program designs that offer broader access to their Invitational Institutes while remaining grounded in NWP basic principles and goals.  Among them you’ll find an example of institutes that builds a robust teacher research component during the school year as a follow-up to the summer institute, another that engages teacher leaders as mentors to new fellows through a spring on-line session and into a summer face-to-face program.  Threaded throughout are rich examples of the ways in which sites are tapping the full range of technologies and the variety of platforms that support ongoing conversations among teachers and afford the opportunity to capture and share resources at the point of need.  At the heart of this innovative work is the goal of opening access to a broader audience of teachers and extending the work of the Invitational Institute throughout the school year. 

Included as a featured resource is Ken Martin’s Changing Times: An Instructor’s View of Adapting the Invitational Summer Institute of the Maine Writing Project to an Online Environment

In his thoughtful and meticulous study carried out over the past four years, Ken describes how the Maine Writing Project has responded to challenges and opportunities in the changing educational landscape by adapting the site’s longstanding Invitational Summer Institute model to capitalize on one of its key strengths: the use of technology to support the work of online communities. 

What stands out in Ken’s study and many of the voices gathered in this issue is evidence of work that is firmly rooted in NWP basic principles and marked by the careful weighing of options and opportunities for rethinking and refining the Invitational Institute for the 21st Century.

 

 

 

 

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Issue Number 7 Published Friday, January 23, 2015

From film and game making to memoir and op-ed pieces, young writers are engaged in a range of writing activities using a variety of digital tools and platforms at NWP youth writing programs across the nation.

 

 

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Issue Number 6 Published Friday, December 6, 2013

In this issue of The Model at Work you'll find a rich collection of ideas and strategies from NWP sites that are finding a variety of assets--including partnerships and grants, as well as state and regional funding sources--to support their work.  

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Issue Number 5 Published Sunday, February 3, 2013

NWP Sites Find Strategic Partnerships Key to Site Sustainability

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Issue Number 4 Published Thursday, July 12, 2012

This issue looks at how study groups help writing projects continue learning.

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Issue Number 3 Published Tuesday, May 22, 2012

This Current Issue focuses on fundraising and gathers examples that illustrate the variety of ways that NWP sites are identifying promising programs, partnerships and funding sources to support and sustain their work.

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Issue Number 2 Published Tuesday, March 27, 2012

This Current Issue shares the variety of ways in which sites are working with partners to secure funding and assure the continuing vitality of the core NWP program, the Invitational Summer Institute.

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Issue Number 1 Published Monday, March 12, 2012

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