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.
CRWP 2017 Open Institute for College-Ready Writers – Web The National Writing Project’s College-Ready Writers Program answers the contemporary call for respectful argumentative discourse. The instructional resources help teachers and students read critically, explore multiple points of view, and finally take a stand on important issues.
A national program, the College Ready Writers Program has proven to havea positive, statistically significant effect on the four attributes of student argument writing—content, structure, stance, and conventions. In particular, students demonstrated greater proficiency in the quality of reasoning and use of evidence in their writing.
Join us for a three-day workshop that introduces significant concepts from this curriculum to teachers in grades 6-12 (flyer).
The $100 registration fee includes three days with a continental breakfast and boxed lunch, as well as a copy of Joseph Harris’s book, Rewriting: How to Do Things with Texts. All sessions will be facilitated by K-12 teacher consultants affiliated with the Chippewa River Writing Project.18 SCECHs will available for an additional $25 (pending approval).
Held in conjunction yearly with the National Council of Teachers of English’s Annual Convention, the event offers a tremendous opportunity for teacher participants to reinvigorate their love for teaching and writing, as they return to their classrooms with new ideas and innovations gleaned from intense seminars, discussion sessions, and fellowship opportunities with colleagues to use throughout the year. Moreover, these teacher leaders return to CRWP with ideas for site development opportunities related to the summer institute, professional development, continuity, and youth programs.
St. Louis High School teacher and CRWP team member Erin Busch-Grabmeyer captures the feelings of all participants as she notes: “Orlando was a wonderful experience; not only to learn new ideas to incorporate into our own SI, but to re-energize myself as a writer and a teacher of writing! I enjoyed seeing other like-minded individuals collaborate and learn from each other to improve writing programs in schools across America. Overall, it was a very positive and motivating experience.”
Highlights of the Annual Meeting included a welcoming address delivered by NWP President Sharon Washington, as well as a general session led by renowned elementary school educator, NWP teacher, and author Donalyn Miller, whose recent work The Book Whisperer has helped many teachers find new ways to help their students foster a love of reading.
For many participants, however, the most valuable experiences were gained from the sessions themselves, which offered a wide range of topics targeted at a variety of interest levels– from technology, to administration; youth programs to partnership building, the conference offered something for everyone. “The level of commitment and professionalism was refreshing and amazing,” observes Greenville High School teacher and CRWP team member Beth Nelson. “I especially enjoyed the accessibility of the presenters.”
Meridian Junior High School teacher and CRWP team member Amanda Smoker echoes Nelson’s enthusiasm when she recalls a particularly favorite session: “I’m not exaggerating when I say that I found all of the sessions I attended to be valuable. The session that I was probably most inspired by was the session on Content Area Reading and Writing. I’m glad I put myself on the waiting-list for this session! For years, I have been a huge supporter of reading and writing across the curriculum and this session gave me some great ideas to bring back about how to get other content area teachers as involved in and excited about it as I am.”
The range of sessions offered during the Annual Meeting even lent two CRWP members the chance to share the expertise they have gained in developing the Summer Institute program since CRWP’s inception in 2009. CRWP Director Troy Hicks and K-12 Co-Director Kathy Kurtze were joined by Iowa Writing Project’s Ann Berger and University of Colorado Denver’s Rich VanDeWeghe in delivering “Reading in the Invitational Summer Institute,” an exploration of the role reading plays in the Summer Institute classroom in connection with writing and teacher demonstrations.
All in all, the experiences gained from Orlando will remain with each of the eleven participants as they look towards CRWP’s future and begin to plan for a new year. “The conference was so invigorating for me!” notes Smoker. “I love attending conferences in general, but the Annual Meeting is different; it’s a hands-on extension of the Summer Institute. I spent the entire three days being reminded why I love being a part of the Chippewa River Writing Project.”
Just released by the National Writing Project and published by Jossey-Bass, Because Digital Writing Matters features a number of NWP teacher consultants and was co-authored by Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, and Troy Hicks.
Hicks, founding director of the Chippewa River Writing Project, has worked on a number of technology and literacy initiatives over the course of his many years of experience with the National Writing Project, including the first two invitational summer institutes of CRWP.
The book is described as follows on NWP website: “Because Digital Writing Matters, a new book from the National Writing Project (NWP), looks at what educators, parents, and policymakers can do to help schools meet the challenges of new digital literacies and to equip students with the technology-related communication skills they need to thrive in school and in the global workplace.” Including discussions of curriculum, teaching, assessment, and infrastructure, the book provides resources about the many audiences, purposes, and forms of digital writing.