We are excited to invite you to participate in a summer professional development activity!  Through a generous grant from the National Writing Project at the University of California Berkeley, the Hoosier Writing Project will hold an open writing institute from Monday, July 31, through Friday, August 4, 2017, at Saint Mary’s College, located off 933 at Douglas Road.  The institute will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m., with 45 minutes for lunch.

As a writing fellow, you will immerse yourself in the writing process.  Every day, you will have time to write and engage in response groups where you will share your work with other teachers.  Every day, we will discuss current research and issues in composition, and every day, we will talk about the successes–and the constraints–you encounter with your student writers.  The National Writing Project is founded on the beliefs that writing teachers should write, and that the best teacher of teachers is another teacher.

When writing teachers write, they find they experience the same sort of triumphs and frustrations their students do.  Even if you do not think of yourself as a writer, the time spent writing in community will help you better understand how the writing process works.  At the end of the week, you will leave with several writing prompts and ideas for encouraging writers.

Writing truly makes thinking visible.  We encourage you to attend with a team of teachers from your school; feel free to invite non-language arts teachers as well.  The writing institute is open to K-12 teachers in both public and private schools.

Participants will earn Professional Growth Points (PGPs), or you may register for graduate English credit through Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. (Registration should occur by mid-April.)  Both can be used for license renewal, and the graduate hours will count toward a master’s program, and may be used for certification for dual credit courses.  Please note that while the institute is held at Saint Mary’s, the credit hours come from IUPUI.  Additional work behond the five-day institute is required to earn three graduate hours; contact Professor Steve Fox at IUPUI for more information (sfox@iupui.edu).

Please complete the following form to sign up for the five day institute.  There is no charge to you or your school.  You may complete the form HERE [http://goo.gl/forms/xQVkfwUAvq] or print out the form and mail to Mary B. Nicolini, Penn High School, 56100 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545.  Return the form by April 15, 2017.

Please contact Mary Nicolini or Kelli Stair if you have questions.  We look forward to writing with you!

Mary B. Nicolini, Penn High School, mbnicolini@phm.k12.in.us

Kelli Stair, Concord High School, kstair@concord.k12.in.us