From Texting to Teaching – 5-19-18

Hyler - CRWP Texting to Teaching Presentation - May 2018Don’t blame technology for poor student grammar, use it to reach students and improve their writing.

Bestselling co-author Jeremy Hyler demonstrates how digital and social media can make grammar instruction more authentic and relevant for your students.

Hosted by the Chippewa River Writing Project and CMU’s Office of Academic Development, in this workshop we will explore how to teach students to code switch between formal and informal language, create flipped lessons, and enliven vocabulary instruction.

  • Sat, May 19, 2018
  • 8:30 to 4:00, CMU Center in East Lansing
  • Workshop fee: $150 per person, includes fees to earn 5 SCECHs.
  • To register, visit:

Questions? Contact Academic Development at 989-774-3718 or

Argument in the Real World Workshop – 4-28-18

Hicks - CRWP Argument Presentation - April 2018Every day, our students are inundated by information – as well as opinions and misinformation – on their devices. Crafting and analyzing arguments in a digital world could be our greatest possibility to improve dialogue across cultures and continents… or it could contribute to bitter divides.

In this workshop, hosted by the Chippewa River Writing Project and CMU’s Office of Academic Development, CMU professor Troy Hicks draws from real world examples to share a wealth of insights and practical strategies to teach how to engage, craft and analyze argument in the digital world.

  • Sat, April 28, 2018
  • 8:30 to 4:00, CMU Campus, Mt. Pleasant
  • Workshop fee: $150 per person, includes fees to earn 5 SCECHs.
  • To register, visit:

Questions? Contact Academic Development at 989-774-3718 or

Spring 2018 Professional Development Offerings from CRWP

Chippewa River Writing Project Flyer - Spring 2018
Chippewa River Writing Project Flyer – Spring 2018

This spring, the Chippewa River Writing Project is offering four different PD opportunities for K-12 teachers.

We have two sections of a 1-credit course, EDU 508, the College, Career and Community Writers Program:

  • CMU Saginaw Center – Feb. 17, March 10 and April 14, 2018
  • CMU East Lansing Center – Feb. 24, March 24 and April 21, 2018

We also have two one-day workshops:

  • Teaching Argument in the Real World (April 28 on CMU’s main campus)
  • From Texting to Teaching (May 15 at the CMU East Lansing Center)

Registration information is available:

Questions? Please contact us: 800-950-1144, ext. 3718 or 989-774-3718 or via email

Announcing Our 2018 Beaver Island Institute

Beaver Island 2018 Flyer
Beaver Island 2018 Flyer

Experience a unique, one-week (August 12-17, 2018) field experience at CMU’s Biological Station on Beaver Island of Lake Michigan. Valued at nearly $1000 per participant, this program is generously sponsored by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

Priority will be given to teachers from the Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan, whose costs will be completely covered by the grant: Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw counties.

We welcome teachers from areas outside the Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan to apply as well. If the team is accepted to participate, a nominal fee of $50 per teacher will be requested.

Working in pairs, this workshop is designed for science and ELA educators based in the same middle school. Teachers will study ecosystems, technology, and strategies for integrating reading, writing, critical thinking into the classroom.

Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Charlevoix, MI, to ride the ferry to Beaver Island. All instructional costs, materials, and room and board on the island are then funded through the grant.

Participate in:

  • Individual and small group work
  • Field activities to promote discussion and collaboration
  • Science and literary activities
  • Collaborative, inquiry-based units identifying key standards from the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Literacy Standards, and ISTE NETS (technology) standards
  • A series of appropriate lessons, labs, and activities for the 2018-19 school year
  • Integrative teaching practices to integrate mobile technologies (smartphones and tablets, as well as apps) into teaching and as a learning tool for students?
Preference will be given to educators in the following counties, though all ELA/Science teachers from upper elementary through early high school grades are welcome to apply: 
  • Arenac
  • Bay
  • Clare
  • Gladwin
  • Gratiot
  • Isabella
  • Midland
  • Saginaw

Apply by completing this brief Google form. In addition to basic contact info and demographics, applicants will reply to the following in 500 words or less:

  • When and how, specifically, you will plan to work together toward integration in the 2017-18 school year?
  • How your participation in this institute will help you meet shared goals for the integration of science and literacy standards?

Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2018. Participants who are selected for the institute will be notified by mid-April. SCECHs and graduate credit will be available at additional cost (pending approval).

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Troy Hicks, Ph.D.
Director, Chippewa River Writing Project

Sponsored by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation and CMU’s College of Education and Human Services