CRWP Announces Fall 2021 Leadership Institute

CRWP 2021 Group Photo

CRWP Fall 2021 FlyerCRWP will set out once again to offer a fall leadership institute in the tradition of the National Writing Project‘s mantra, “Teachers Teaching Teachers.”

We plan to welcome 12 educators to learn from each other through collaboration, renewing our practices as teachers of writing, adapting those practices for remote learning, and demonstrating our lessons for one another. Participants will work both synchronously and asynchronously for approximately 9-12 hours per month, meeting via Zoom on Saturday mornings throughout the fall.

Last year’s fall leadership institute resulted in thoughtful conversation across the country, as participants joined us from Georgia, California, Illinois, and Michigan. Teachers from K-12 through college met regularly to share best practices and survival stories, and to simply decompress from the challenges of the week. This fall, the challenges facing us are still unknown, as policies governing schools and public health across the nation are erratic and polarizing. But our conversations between colleagues in the leadership institute will be uplifting and inspirational, reminding ourselves that we are part of a thriving community of dedicated educators.

Participants in the fall leadership cohort will:

  • Participate in regular, virtual workshops with CRWP teacher consultants and dedicated colleagues.
  • Develop leadership skills by analyzing teaching demonstrations and providing feedback to other educators.
  • Lead an individual teaching demonstration designed in conjunction with an experienced CRWP teacher consultant.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to respond to teaching demonstrations and explore best practices in writing instruction.
  • Prepare a final collection of materials suitable for professional purposes (including a conference proposal submission, and a professional blog post.).

Each participant will create and present a teaching demonstration for the cohort and, optionally, for a larger audience during CRWP’s winter virtual conference in 2022. In addition, participants will be encouraged to write professionally for the CRWP blog, adding their voices to the rich conversations happening throughout the National Writing Project. Participants who successfully complete all components of the Invitational Leadership Institute will become CRWP teacher-consultants and will earn the NWP Teacher-Consultant microcredential/digital badge for engaging in the six social practices for NWP leadership development.

We are excited to continue to grow our teacher-consultant community and to lift each other up with thoughtful collaboration, mindful pedagogy, and deliberate equity.


Registration Costs and Guidelines:

36 SCECHs will be available as part of the registration costs (pending MDE approval).

The institute can also be taken for 3 graduate credits. The total cost for CMU’s graduate application and the three credits will be $1500 plus a $50 application fee. For participants interested in joining the institute as graduate students, please do NOT complete the form below. Instead, contact Dr. Troy Hicks.

Enrollment is limited to 12 participants, so sign up now using our secure web form where we will ask for your contact information, and then you will be asked to click through to CMU’s Quik Pay system for billing.

Screenshot of Registration Form for Remote Literacy Learning

  • Registration cost, before September 10: $225 (reflects a 10% discount)
  • Registration cost, after September 10: $250
  • Registration closes at 11:59 PM EST on September 19.
  • Cancellations before September 19th at 11:59 PM EST will be refunded, minus a $25 processing fee.
  • After September 19, registrations are transferable, but not refundable.

Questions?

2018 CRWP Teacher Leadership Institute

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CRWP Leadership Institute 2018 Flyer
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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.

Registration closes on May 4

Questions? Contact Troy Hicks: troy.hicks@cmich.edu

Announcing Our 2017 Open Institute: College-Ready Writers

CRWP College Ready Writers Program Flyer
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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 have  a 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).

Click the link to register online: http://bit.ly/crwpevents

Registration Link

Questions?

Troy Hicks, Ph.D.
Director, Chippewa River Writing Project
troy.hicks@cmich.edu

CRWP Attends NWP 2010-11 Annual Meeting in Orlando

November 17th, 2010 marked the kick-off of the National Writing Project’s 2010-11 Annual Meeting, staged this year in sunny Orlando, Florida.  Eleven members of the Chippewa River Writing Project’s leadership team traded chilly Michigan temperatures for the chance to exchange ideas with NWP colleagues from around the nation (and around the world) during the three-day event, which took place on the grounds of Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

CRWP Co-Directors Sue Steffel and Liz Brockman attend a special-topics session together.

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.

CRWP teacher team member Beth Nelson during Friday's general session.

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.”