Invitational Writing Institutes
This fourteen credit course has two sections: nine credits for three weeks in the summer and five credits for seven Saturday sessions during the school year.
During the summer, teachers write daily and work in a writing group. Each teacher shares a strategy with the group or seek for help on their inquiry question within the group. Throughout the school year sessions, teachers do action based research.
Teachers from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. The application process includes an interview and an orientation.
Teachers of any subject, at all levels (Kindergarten through college) who are interested in writing.
Puget Sound Writing Project Institute Fellows
- Learn from other teachers about the teaching of writing
- Write, share their writing and reflect on the processes of writing and teaching
- Explore current theory and practice in the teaching of writing:
- Authentic assessment
- Collaborative learning
- Multiple intelligences
- Writing across the curriculum
- Writing to learn
- Technical Writing
- Incorporating state standards
- Meet with professional writers to talk about writing and the writing process
- Develop ways to share their strengths as consultants with other teachers
- Design inservice programs for their sponsoring schools and districts
WHEN & WHERE
July 1 – July 12, 2013 (8:30am to 3:30pm) on the Seattle UW Campus
You'll also need to attend:
- Orientation/first class: Saturday, May 11th; 9am-1pm (lunch included)
- The Institute Continuation -- six Saturday classes between September 10, 2013 and June 1, 2014
10 Credits: The Institute consists of two courses: ENG 567 (five credits) and ENG 569 (five credits).
Appplication Deadline is April 8, 2013.Click here to complete your application!
Priority is given to K-12 teachers. Applicants must be available for the entire program: Orientation, Summer Institute and Institute Continuation. Your application packet should include, in a single envelope or email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
1) Application form, with appropriate signatures.
2) A letter in which you describe:
a. How you approach the teaching of writing.
b. What beliefs about "learning to write" lie behind your approach.
c. What you hope to gain from participation in the Invitational Institute.
3) A brief description of an inquiry question you'd like to work on. (Examples: How does peer editing impact student essay writing? Does journaling in math increase students’ problem solving skills? )
4) Two letters from a teacher colleague and a principal, supervisor or department head.
Professional Certification : Teachers who have completed their pre-assessment seminar can include the Invitational Institute as part of their professional growth plan. They may use the 10 Invitational credits toward their ProCert Core.
National Board Certification: Many teachers who have completed the Invitational Institute have PSWP work to complement their National Board applications. Teachers have presented at our annual conference and documented the use of PSWP writing strategies in their classrooms.
Graduate Nonmatriculated status : If you are not currently a UW graduate student, but may pursue a graduate degree at the UW in the fututre, you may apply for Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM) status in order to use Invitational credits towards that degree.
PSWP Scholarship: PSWP provides a $600 scholarship for each accepted Fellow
Additional Scholarships: Beginning in 2009, we offer two $500 Endowment Scholarships to teachers who currently provide leadership in their building or district. PSWP will also provide a $250 Sponsor Scholarship to candidates who have been reccommended by a PSWP Teacher Consultant who has completed an Invitational Institute. Other funds may be available to those with unique financial needs. Applicants must include a letter to apply for these funds.
To read about our instructors, go to the PSWP About page