What is the Summer Institute?
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The backbone of the nearly 200 National Writing Project sites is the Summer Institute, which is a six-credit graduate program, providing participants experience in using the writing process, opportunities to share expertise, and research topics of writing.
Participants discuss and exchange techniques and ideas while developing teaching strategies for use in their classrooms and to share with colleagues. Unique writing activities along with special guests and speakers are included in Institute activities.
The 2009 Fox Valley Writing Project Summer Institute brought together 19 K-12+ teachers from seven area school districts. For four weeks in June and July, we wrote together, laughed together, thought together, and encouraged each other. We asked questions, discussed what we were reading, and reflected on our teaching. It was a great experience!