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Invitational Summer Institute (SI)
 

Each summer, The Route 66 Writing Project will offer an invitational summer institute for 3-4 weeks in June or July. During the institute, teacher participants examine the most pressing issues related to the teaching and learning of writing across the curriculum. Participants demonstrate and reflect on their own best practices and strategies, and they study current research in the field. Our goal is to foster an interdisciplinary community and support system of educators from all grade levels (K-graduate level) and across the curriculum.
 

Who participates in the Institute?

The Invitational Summer Institute is open to educators who have a minimum of one year teaching experience. We are looking for K-16 educators across all content areas—math, science, social studies and the arts, as well as language arts. We also invite administrators to join us. Applications will be available online in January 2017 and the application period will close by mid-February of 2017. All applicants will be interviewed by the director of the Route 66 Writing Project and invitations to attend the Institute will be sent out to 15-20 applicants by mid-April.

What credit will I receive?

A new course specifically designed for the Route 66 Writing Project is in the process of being approved. Those invited to attend the Summer Institute will register for EDPD 6015, Summer Writing Institute beginning in Summer 2018. This is a one to six-credit hour course, three of which can count as mandatory coursework towards a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and three of which count towards the required electives.

How will I benefit from the Institute?

During the Institute, participants will:

  • Learn from other teachers about the teaching of writing
  • Anticipate challenges for teaching in the future in areas such as: authentic assessment, multicultural writing concerns, computer-assisted instruction, collaborative learning, writing across the curriculum, and the needs of diverse learners
  • Discover more about your own writing process
  • Become a community of teacher-writers
  • Explore current theory and practice in the teaching of writing
  • Consider ways you can share your strengths with other teachers as consultants
  • Hone your own writing skills
  • Earn graduate credit through West Texas A&M University

What will I do at the Institute?

The primary focus of the SI is the National-Writing-Project-style demo. Unlike a typical teaching demonstration, the goal of the SI Demo is not to showcase your “best practice.” Instead, the SI Demo is part of the inquiry process. It is an opportunity for you to try something new with your teaching of writing in a safe, supportive atmosphere and to get useful critical feedback on your ideas. The course description for EDPD 6015 is as follows… Workshop for educators pre-k through university level that 1) studies theory and effective practices in writing pedagogy; and 2) focuses on improving participants’ writing and research skills. Prerequisites: minimum of one year teaching experience; permission from the director of the Route 66 Writing Project, Dr. Regina Chanel Rodriguez: rcrodriguez@wtamu.edu Candidates explore best practices for literacy instruction to develop their own writing skills as they explore how to use the pedagogy in their own classrooms. Candidates write and assess their own and others’ writing; respond to professional literature; and consider broad application of those practices and reflect on their development.

What happens after the Institute?

Once you complete the Institute, you will become a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant. Teacher consultants in the Route 66 Writing Project will have the opportunity to create professional development programs for the Panhandle Plains school districts, design and present at an annual writer’s conference held at WTAMU, develop youth writing programs, and participate in the adjudication process for the Scholastic Writing Awards, just to name a few.