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Summer Institute for Teachers 

During the Summer Institute for Teachers (SIT), teachers engage in their own writing and professional development in an intensive teacher-centered, teacher-led institute based on the highly successful model forwarded by the National Writing Project.

SIT develops teacher leaders who can share their classroom expertise with the wider educational community. Teachers reflect on their classroom practice through writing and conversation. Teachers write and respond to each other's professional and personal writing, learning to see themselves as writers. Several educators have benefitted from participating in the institute and being a part of the WPWP network. Some have shared their reflections



  • Six Graduate Credits 

  • ACT 48 Credits 

  • Membership in the National Writing Project 

  • Eligibility to contribute as a Teaching Consultant for the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project 


Time Commitment

Time Commitment

  • 30-minute Interview for Application Acceptance: May 24 (6-8 p.m.), May 27 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), or June 3 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) 
  • SIT Orientation: July 6 from 4:30-7 p.m. 
  • Weeks One - Three of SIT: July 10-28 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 
  • Week Four of SIT: Individual 45-minute meetings to be scheduled throughout the week 
Financial Commitment

Financial Commitment

  • Tuition support can be secured with support from district and school leaders 
  • The School of Education provides Fellowships for tuition and fees, if needed 
Professional Memberships & Ongoing Support

Professional Memberships & Ongoing Support

  • Participants become Fellows of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project network of educators and members of the National Writing Project.
  • Ongoing support for writing and development will be supported by WPWP and the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education.