Summer Institute for Teachers
~ Summer Institute 2013 Teachers
~ Summer Institute 2012 Teachers
The Summer Institute for Teachers is a four-week intensive program for successful teachers who want to:
share their knowledge with colleagues
develop as leaders
become more effective teachers of writing
become more skilled in using writing as a learning strategy across the curriculum
become better writers
~ Summer Institute 2011 Teachers
~ Summer Institute 2010 Teachers
Participants earn six graduate credits from the University of Pittsburgh applicable to Act 48 and Level II certification in Pennsylvania.
Open to experienced teachers and teachers at the beginning of their careers.
During the Summer Institute, participants
engage in varied writing activities
become more confident writers
gain insight and knowledge to help students to improve their writing.
experience being part of a writing community through writing response groups.
A collection of personal and professional writing by participants is published at the end of the Institute.
Each teacher chooses an inquiry topic related to their teaching practice and pursues it during the Institute through research, reflection, and writing.
Each participant prepares and conducts a professional development presentation or demonstration from their teaching practice.
The Institute provides an opportunity for teachers to reflect on their practice and on their own professional development and learning in a respectful, supportive, challenging environment.
Teachers share leadership roles and responsibilities in the Institute, working with colleagues in a community of learners.
After the Summer Institute
Upon completion of the Summer Institute, teachers become fellows of the Western Pa Writing Project and members of the National Writing Project. All WPWP fellows are eligible to participate in ongoing professional development related to teaching, writing and educational leadership.