If you are a teacher who looks forward to summer as an opportunity for personal growth and professional development, with ample time for reflection and without the pressures of the school year, welcome to this Invitational Summer Institute.
In the institute, teachers will take turns leading a writing lesson for the group. Everyone participates in the hands-on lesson and gives feedback to the presenter. By the end of the institute, you will have experienced twenty unique presentations, containing many possibilities and approaches to writing instruction for you to incorporate into your own practice.
The afternoons will be spent in small group writing sessions led by an experienced facilitator. After debriefing the morning experiences, the writing begins. Writers may develop their personal writing or may use prompts the facilitator offers. Your group will give feedback on your writing and support you in developing your presentation.
In three weeks time, in addition to earning college credit, you will become a teacher consultant with SJAWP. As a teacher consultant, you may be invited to present at Saturday Seminars, to lead professional development in schools, or to teach students in our summer programs.
Perhaps the best reason to attend the ISI is the camaraderie you will experience with other teachers who love teaching and who are looking to stretch and grow their writing instruction. The relationships you develop with your fellow participants will last a life time.
The writing project can be your place to refresh, to rethink, to reconnect.