The Lake Superior Writing Project is a group of teachers interested in building a network of support for teachers who share a passion for literacy and the teaching of literacy. We are exploring ways to establish support for teachers from across the Lake Superior Arrowhead region. An affiliate of the Minnesota Writing Project, we explore and facilitate conversations among teachers leading to an understanding of and appreciation for Native American culture, history, and literature.
The fourth Lake Superior Writing Project mini-institute will take place on July 8 through 12, 2013. For more information on the 2013 mini-institute and application directions, go to the 2013 mini-institute page.
The third LSWP mini-institute brought together twelve regional teachers on July 9 through 13, 2012, on the UMD campus. For more information, go to the 2012 mini-institute page.
The second mini-institute took place on July 11 through 15, 2011, at the University of Minnesota Duluth campus, and was attended by nine area teachers. See the 2011 mini-institute page for more details of the exciting week.
Thirteen classroom teachers participated in our first mini-institute held at UMD from August 9 through 13, 2010. Check MWP’s Winter 2011 Newsletter for information on the activities held in conjunction with the first institute, and click on the 2010 mini-institute page for links to writing by some of the participants.
Despite blizzard conditions, several area teachers shared a cozy day of coffee, classroom ideas, and conversation at our 2012 March Reunion workshop.
Linda Glaser, our featured guest author, inspired us with stories of her own journey to become a writer, including her history with the National Writing Project from her time out in the Bay Area. She says the techniques she learned through writing project workshops are ones she still uses in her own writing process and ones she shares in workshops she conducts for other writers and teachers! Emma’s Poem is Linda’s latest non-fiction award-winning book.
Rebekah Lund, who teaches at Willow River High School, participated in the 2012 Minnesota Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute, July 9-27, 2012, at the University of Minnesota campus. Read her writing and teaching demonstration by going to the MWP 2012 ISI participants page, and clicking on the links.
Julie Stauber, Proctor High School, and Rene Montgomery, Cloquet High School, participated in a 5-week National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored summer seminar in Bellingham, Washington, focused on immersion in four classic Native American novels. Stauber and Montgomery were two of fifteen educators around the nation selected to attend this seminar. They both highly recommend other educators take advantage of such rich and expansive professional development opportunities.
Susan Perala-Dewey, co-facilitator and founder of the Lake Superior Writing Project, received the 2012 Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Public Service in May for her work with area teachers through the LSWP and the College in the Schools program.
Linda Grover, UMD Professor of American Indian Studies and author of The Dance Boots, was the keynote speaker at the 2012 MWP Fall Workshop, which featured resources and classroom activities around Native American culture, history and literature. Linda’s talk was followed by a panel of LSWP teachers discussing possible adaptations of Linda’s work in the classroom: Pictured from the left are René Montgomery, Cloquet High School; Susan Perala-Dewey, UMD Writing Studies; Linda Grover; and Julie Stauber, Proctor High School.
LSWP Teachers continue to gather the first Friday (5:00-8:00) of each month to write, share their writing, and reconnect. This fall’s group is challenging themselves to submit work for publication and public reading. Everyone is welcome:
Valentini’s Restaurant, basement meeting room
1400 London Road (next to Rose Garden), Duluth, Minnesota
Questions: Call Susan Perala-Dewey @ 218.724.3987
The Lake Superior Writing Project is sponsored by the Minnesota Writing Project (MWP) and hosted by the Department of Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth.