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
June 29 – July 10, 2015 (8:30am to 3:30pm) on the Seattle UW Campus
You'll also need to attend:
- A 30-45 minute interview in June
- The Institute Continuation -- seven Saturday classes throughout 2015-16 school year.
10 Credits | Cost: $850.00
Applications available soon.
Completed applications should be sent to:
Holly Stein, Director
Puget Sound Writing Project
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-4430
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. Your beliefs about the teaching of writing, and how these beliefs are reflected in your classroom.
b. Your special interests or thoughts about your own writing.
c. What you hope to gain from your participation in the institute.
d. How your experience will benefit your school, district, and teaching colleagues.
3) A brief description of a lesson plan for a demonstration of a successful writing activity you have used with your students that you might present to the teachers in the institute.
4) Two letters of support from a teacher colleague and a principal, supervisor or department head.
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.
Scholarships: Scholarship money is available on a needs-based priority.
To read about our instructors, go to the PSWP About page