The 2013 ISWP Summer Institute

The Illinois State Writing Project is one of over 200 affiliates that comprise the National Writing Project. In its Summer Institute and site activity, the ISWP seeks to enhance the teaching of writing and learning in every classroom. To this end, we recognize the essential role of teacher knowledge, expertise, and leadership.

We invite teachers in all subject areas and all grade levels to participate in our Summer Institute. If you have a passion for writing and teaching, we want to meet you!

Consider Participating in our 2015 Summer Institute!

Our upcoming Summer Institute will be held on the Illinois State University campus from June 15 – July 9, 2015. The Institute will meet Monday through Thursday from 1:00 – 3:50 p.m. We welcome applications from teachers in all grades and content areas. Participants should be available to attend all class meetings. Participants who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program should send the following documents as MSWord or pdf attachments to Dr. Julie Cheville, Director of the Illinois State Writing Project (julie.cheville@ilstu.edu). The deadline for applications is June 1, 2015.

1) A cover letter indicating your interest in the Summer Institute and summarizing your teaching experience. Include your address, email, and phone number.

2) Please include a letter of recommendation from a supervisor.

3) All applicants should include a separate statement that addresses the following prompt:  Describe the role that writing plays in your classroom, including reflection on writing activities or approaches that work for you and/or challenges you face in the teaching of writing.

Applicants who wish to receive a full tuition waiver should be enrolled in either a graduate degree program at Illinois State University or the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Writing. Links to these programs may be found on our Summer Institute page. Applicants not enrolled in a graduate program or certificate must also submit one letter of recommendation from a professional familiar with their teaching. Non-matriculated students will be charged full tuition. All applicants are responsible for fees and parking expenses.


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