Invitational Summer Institute

Invitational Summer Institute

Become a teacher consultant and join our cadre of teacher leaders and presenters. A graduate of the ISI may lead Saturday Seminars, teach in summer programs for teachers and students, and develop writing presentations for school and district in service -- all paid positions.

Earn graduate college credits

All participants receive a stipend of $450. Those needing units may use this stipend to pay for 3 of the 6 units, at $150/unit, for which their institute participation qualifies them.

Read here what past participants said about the ISI.


SJAWP has what teachers want.


The perspective of interacting with educators across K-college levels:

8:45-9:00        Breakfast, check-in

9:00-9:30        BxB or DM reading, Scribe notes, announcements

9:30-10:45        First presenter

10:45-11:00        Written responses to first presenter

11:00-11:15        BREAK #1

11:15-12:30        Second presenter

12:30-12:45        Written responses to second presenter

12:45-1:15​       Lunch​

1:15​-4:00​ Writing and Responding in Afternoon Writing Groups

Also enjoy reading and discussing professional books by great authors who teach writing.

Mark your calendar for the orientation

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Daily sessions run

July 8th-26th, 2019

There is no charge for the ISI. Funding is provided through grants from the California and National Writing Projects and by income provided by other San Jose Area Writing Project programs.


The ISI meets at San Jose State University in Sweeney Hall. Multi–week parking permits are provided for everyone selected for the program.

Note: The application process requires you to provide SJAWP with a letter of recommendation from your principal or district administrator.  You will be contacted by a teacher consultant for an over-the-phone interview after your written application has been reviewed. We look forward to hearing from you.

San Jose State University Campus 7th and San Carlos Streets

Apply for the Invitational Institute 2019, a postgraduate course designed to lift your level of writing instruction and develop teacher leadership.

Invitational Institute Co-directors

Nancy Kennett
English Teacher
Piedmont Hills High School
East Side Union HSD

Laura Romaine Brown
Retired Literacy Intervention Coach
San Jose Area Writing Project Associate Director

Do you have questions?

Dr. Jonathan Lovell, SJAWP Director