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: http://global.cmich.edu/CRWPprofdev

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

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

Open Talk from Authors of “They Say/I Say” – August 25, 2017

Graff and Birkenstein Flyer (8-25-17)
Graff and Birkenstein Flyer (8-25-17)

“Academic writing … calls upon writers not to simply express their own ideas, but to do so as a response to what others have said.”

The Chippewa River Writing Project invites you to a conversation with the authors of They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, Gerald Graff & Cathy Birkenstein.

  • August 25, 2017
  • 3:30 – 5:00 PM
  • French Auditorium, EHS Building
  • Central Michigan University

For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Brockman at brock1em@cmich.edu.

Additional support from the CMU Writing Center and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

This talk is free and open to the public.

Announcing Our 2017 Youth Camps

CRWP Youth Camp ImageThe Chippewa River Writing Project aims to provide youth and fellow community members with unique opportunities to write and learn about themselves as writers.

This summer, we are pleased to offer four different camp opportunities, two on CMU’s campus, one in Portland, and one in Carson City.

Together we’ll be sharing a love for writing. Let your child join us on an exciting journey through engaging activities as we live out our “writerly lives.”

Your enrollment cost will provide snacks, a writer’s journal, camp T-shirt, and a copy of our camp anthology, commemorating our published works. We ask that students bring their own lunch each day.

Enrollment this summer is limited to 20 participants in each camp, so sign up now using our secure web form. Select the camp you want from the drop-down menu.

All registrations should be complete one week before the camp begins. Should you need to cancel your registration, we will accept cancellations with a full refund through Friday, June 9, 2017, after which we will charge a $20 cancellation fee.

Questions? Please contact CRWP Director, Troy Hicks, at troy.hicks@cmich.edu, or the camp directors listed on the PDFs.

2017 Off-Campus Camps

Portland Youth Brochure 2017 Carson City-Crystal Youth Brochure 2017
Register for our Portland Elementary Camp, June 12-16, 2017 Register for our CMU Elementary Camp, June 21-23, 2017

2017 On-Campus Camps

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Register for our CMU Elementary Camp, June 26-29, 2017 Register for our Middle School Camp, June 26-29, 2017