"Returning to writing and a writing group has reminded me of the passion I have always had for the power of the written word. I know that I will return to my classroom this fall inspired and ready to inspire my students." —Summer Institute participant
The institute is a three-week, intensive summer course held at the University of Minnesota. Teachers (K-college) are invited to share best practices, engage in critical discussions, conduct research into current theories of literacy and pedagogy, and improve their own skills as writers. Invited Fellows receive graduate university credit and the benefit of attending a two-day retreat prior to the on-campus experience.
The deadline for applications is Friday, March 31, 2017, at 5:00pm.
MWP video: Teachers Celebrate MWP’s Invitational Summer Institute
From our first institute in 1991 to 2015, teachers share their experiences of participating. Enjoy this short video featuring several teachers identifying the impact the institute has had on their personal and professional lives.
Ann Thompson, Producer
Charlie McCarron, Videographer
Retreat June 21-22, 2017
Institute July 10-28, 2017
The MWP Invitational Summer Institute is the heart of the project. Its purposes are
While the key elements of the Summer Institute: writing, teaching demonstrations, and literacy study groups, are introduced during the retreat, it is during the three-week institute that we further develop and follow through with this literacy work.
learn from other teachers about the teaching of writing
anticipate challenges for teaching in the future: authentic assessment, multicultural writing concerns, computer-assisted instruction, collaborative learning, whole language, writing across the curriculum, the needs of diverse populations
discover more about your own writing process
become part of a community of teacher-writers
explore current theory and practice in the teaching of writing
consider ways you can share your strengths with other teachers as a consultant
spend a significant portion of time at the Institute honing your skills as writers (an anthology of creative and action research pieces is published)
earn graduate credit through the University of Minnesota; CEUs also available