CRWP Announces Two Free Professional Development Events

This spring and summer, teacher consultants from the Chippewa River Writing Project will be leading two substantive — and free — professional development events in mid-Michigan. If you have questions about either of these exceptional opportunities, please contact Troy Hicks, CRWP Director, at

What’s the Big Idea? – Seminar Series

Tuesdays, 4:30 to 6:30 PM at Mt. Pleasant High School
March 27th, April 17th, May 1st, Sept. 25th, and Oct. 16th, 2012

CRWP - What's the Big Idea Seminar Series Flyer
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First, we welcome middle and high school teachers of writing as well as college and university composition faculty to join us for a five-part seminar series focused on inquiry based learning and Jim Burke’s book, What’s the Big Idea? Jim Burke will be the keynote speaker for the 2012 MCTE Fall Conference and will continue the conversation with us during for a one-day special event on Saturday, October 20th, 2012, at CMU.

In preparation, we invite you to join a seminar series to begin a conversation about inquiry-based writing instruction for secondary and college teachers. This series of seminars is sponsored by the Chippewa River Writing Project with support from a Teaching Development Grant from CMU’s College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Registration – including all five seminars, light refreshments, and a copy of What’s the Big Idea? – are included at no cost to the first 25 participants who register. Graduate credit or SB-CEUs will be available, pending approval.

What’s the Big Idea Seminar Series Online Registration

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CRWP’s 2012 Open Institute

June 25 – 29, 2012
9:00 – 4:00 each day

CRWP 2012 Open Institute Flyer
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Second, we welcome all teachers, K-university, to join us for a one-week intensive institute this summer entitled “Teachers as Writers: Reflecting on and Responding to the Common Core.”

During the week of June 25-29, 2012 — with additional interactions online both before and after the institute — participants will work with CRWP teacher consultants to better understand the expectations in the CCSS, explore useful digital writing tools, and engage in their own personal writing. The daily schedule will include writing time, teaching demonstrations from CRWP teacher consultants, writing groups, and technology explorations.

There is no cost for attending the one week institute, and participants can enroll for 3 CMU Graduate Credits for ENG 513c (cost apx. $1400 for in-state enrollment) or SB-CEUs. Participants can choose to stay on campus in a dormitory, with weekly rates of approximately $150. The workshop will run from 9:00 – 4:00 daily, with optional evening activities.

CRWP Summer 2012 Open Institute Online Registration

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One response to “CRWP Announces Two Free Professional Development Events”

  1. Lynnette Van Dyke Avatar
    Lynnette Van Dyke

    Hello 2012 Institute Planning Team,

    Wondering if I would be welcome for Thursday and Friday of the Institute? I previously became a TC in North Carolina with the Cape Fear Writing Project. I wanted to attend the full week but have scheduling conflicts. I could be present on Thursday and Friday though. Hope to renew and update with you. Do you have an agenda for the week that I could submit to MDE?

    Thank you! Lynnette

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