Central Michigan University and Mt. Pleasant Public Schools invite you to participate in a one-of-a-kind professional development experience as a member of the Chippewa River Writing Project, CMU’s site of the National Writing Project.
Consisting of a network of nearly 200 sites, the National Writing Project offers teachers across all disciplines the opportunity to be writers themselves and to become a part of one of the largest and most effective networks for professional development in the country.
This year’s summer leadership institute will take place in Mount Pleasant (location TBD) from June 11-15, 2018. We will meet daily from 9:00 to 4:00 and will also include an orientation meeting in May (TBD) and approximately five hours of online meetings throughout the summer.
Teachers who participate will meet each day to practice the art of writing, participate in reading and writing groups, and share their teaching practices with thoughtful colleagues.
Our goal is to then support this work throughout the 2018-19 school year with additional training on school days, lesson studies, and classroom embedded teaching demonstrations with coaching from colleagues and CRWP directors.
We seek a cohort of applicants, including new, mid-career, and veteran teachers across grade levels and content areas. Registration to the event is $100 and includes lunch each day, professional books, and opportunities to grow beyond the event.
SCECH costs will be included in the $100 fee; additional tuition fees for EDU 508 will be billed at the CMU PD rate of $375 per credit hour. If eligible, participants can use tuition refunds offered by CMU’s department of Teacher Education and Professional Development.
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.
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:
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or the camp directors listed on the PDFs.