Every teacher looks forward to rest and reading, to family time and travel when summer arrives. And some teachers prefer the personal growth of choosing professional development when there is ample time for reflection and a break from the demands of the school year.
Imagine yourself with 20 other colleagues, gathering one morning in July at SJSU for breakfast. Then enjoying listening to scribe notes and a passage from Anne Lamott (or other writer). Then you get to participate in two hands on writing demonstrations led by teacher consultants (as models) and then by your peers in the institute.
After lunch you join a small group for afternoon writing. Your facilitator meets with you in a cozy spot on campus you all enjoy. There’s sharing and there are prompts to write. You get friendly feedback.
Each day, as the learning community increases in listening and caring, you find yourself in the conversations about teaching writing you need. And there’s fun in the presentations!
After three weeks, in addition to earning college credit, you will become a teacher consultant with SJAWP, which means, if you are ready, you’ll be invited to present Saturdays, or lead professional development in schools, or work with students in our summer programs. You will have contributed to the ISI anthology and have a portfolio of your own writing.
Another perk is that you will have new friends and a place to come back to write and refresh your teaching anytime during the school year.