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MWP Invitational Leadership Institute

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Formerly known as the Summer Institute, the Invitational Leadership Institute is a graduate course held at the University of Minnesota every other year. K-college teachers 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 paid for by the Minnesota Writing Project. The 2022 Invitational Institute will be held in person. All participants will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID.




  • Wednesday, June 29, 9am–3pm (Orientation)

  • Monday–Friday, July 11–29, 9am–3pm

  • We will not meet on Friday, July 15. Instead, Fellows are invited to attend the National Writing Project Midwest Conference in Chicago, IL. This is an optional event. We will leave the morning of Friday, July 15, arriving in time for an evening social event. The conference will be held the full day of Saturday, July 16. We will leave Chicago the morning of Sunday, July 17. Registration and rooms will be covered by the MWP.

The MWP Invitational Leadership Institute is the heart of the Minnesota Writing Project. Its purposes are

  1. to identify successful teachers of writing across all curriculum areas who will be effective teachers of other teachers
  2. to identify approaches to the teaching of writing and the uses of writing-to-learn in all subject areas that have been successful in real classrooms and that add to the profession’s knowledge
  3. to involve successful teachers in their own writing so that they can better help their students
  4. to make current research in the teaching of writing available to teachers 

The Institute offers participants the opportunity to

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