Special Focus Institutes

NWPNH Special Focus Institutes 2014

Summer Offerings

NWPNH is planning to offer six different and dynamic summer institutes this year.

In Plymouth:   Invitational Summer Institute for Teachers of Writing     Writing Our Communities   Writing and New Literacies
In Concord:    Open Institute for Teachers of Writing        Writing Children’s Literature   Writing across the Curriculum

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All of the institutes run on the same guiding principles. Sessions will be held on the campus of Plymouth State University or the PSU Concord location. Participants should plan to attend all sessions. All institutes are facilitated by writing project teacher consultants, leaders who integrate theory, research, and practice into all the sessions. Contact Dr. Petersen if you plan to enroll to receive graduate credit for your summer institute experience.

In Concord:

Open Institute for Teachers of Writing:  This summer institute is designed for teachers who would like to gain a thorough background in the teaching of writing with practical applications they can use in their classrooms. Participants write, respond to other’s writing, and reflect on how this experience informs their thinking about their teaching. They do guided re-search on a topic related to their teaching, and devise, practice, and workshop strategies for classroom use. The cost is $300. Six graduate credits are available at a reduced cost per credit. Offered June 30–July 17 9:00–4:00 Monday-Thursday

Writing Across the Curriculum:  This institute will focus on introducing strategies to implement writing in all content areas across grade levels. Participants will learn strategies to develop writing assignments that help students learn content and help teachers measure student understanding. We will also look at when and how to assess writing activities in content area classes. Teachers will have a chance to customize their approaches for use in their classes. Cost is $300 per participant. Participants can register for three graduate credits at a reduced rate. Class is offered July 21-24 9:00-4:00.

Writing Children’s Literature:  This institute will introduce participants to the world of children’s literature.  We will read and write young adult, middle grade and picture book pieces over the duration of this institute.  We will also read and discuss articles, excerpts from books and blog posts from kid lit experts.  Critiquing each other’s work in progress will be a key component of the institute. Participants may register for 3 graduate credits at a reduced rate.  Thursdays June 26, July 10, Tuesdays: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 12 6:00-9:00 p.m.


In Plymouth:

Invitational Institute for Teachers of Writing:  This is the flagship program of the writing project.  This five-seek intensive institute runs from June 23 to July 24.  Experienced teachers gather to demonstrate their practices, share their writing, and learn about the latest research in the teaching of writing.  It is open to teachers at all levels in all disciplines.  Housing or mileage stipend is provided and teachers register for 6 or 9 graduate credits.   This program requires an application.  Please contact megjoanna@gmail.com for details.

Writing Our Communities:  This special focus institute runs on the same principles that guide the National Writing Project invitational institute. It is designed for teachers who would like to gain a thorough background in teaching place-based writing to their students. It is open to all teachers and other interested parties. The cost for the institute is $300. Participants can register for three graduate credits at a reduced rate. This class is offered July 14, 15, 16 and July 21, 22, 23, 2014. from 9:00 am– 3:00 pm in Plymouth.

Writing and New Literacies:  Without question, adolescents are savvy, literate individuals using a myriad of tools and practices to explore the world around them and craft their identities. Since many adolescents are labeled as “at risk” and failing, it’s time to refocus on how something ever-present in secondary classrooms—students’ own literate lives—can be leveraged to welcome and support adolescents’ diverse literacy practices. This institute’s two main goals will be to explore ways to use these literacies as tools to foster relevant, flexible thinking in students and teachers alike, and to explore ways teachers can bring into practice the interests and existing literacies of the adolescent writer/reader. The cost is $300. Participants may register for three graduate credits at a reduced rate. Offered M-R July 7-10 9:00-4:00 in Plymouth.

Group rates available for five or more teachers from the same school or district.  Contact megjoanna@gmail.com  for more information.


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