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.

If you want effective professional development in teaching reading and writing instruction, join us for ISI 2019

If you want

  • to know how to move reluctant students and meet the needs of students learning English, join us.
  • to earn units of graduate credit, while you enjoy your peers, join us.
  • to recharge your teaching to better navigate the difficulties of teaching writing, join us.

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


SJAWP has what teachers want.


  • the perspective of interacting with educators across K-college levels
  • reading and discussing professional books by great authors who teach writing
  • the time to write so you will understand better how to teach the craft

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

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