Thursday, July 21, 2011

As promised---here's what's new

Re-imagining Writing in the Classroom
An intensive institute for K-12 teachers
Fall 2011, Grand Forks
Send applications and questions to
Kim Donehower, Director
Red River Valley Writing Project
276 Centennial Drive, Stop 7209
Grand Forks, ND 58202
701-777-4162; kim.[dot]donehower[at]

What does the institute offer?
As a site of the National Writing Project, the RRVWP intensive institute offers you a place to read, discuss, and share ideas about teaching writing—plus time to write. Readings include common and grade-specific selections to meet the needs and interests of all teachers participating in the institute. Teachers also share best teaching practices and explore the teaching of writing by writing.

Participants receive a stipend to cover the cost of continuing education credits, books, materials, and a supportive community of fellow teachers. Institute fellows are eligible for up to four continuing education credits through UND: one for the pre-institute, two for the fall meetings, and one for follow-up sessions in spring 2012.

When is the institute?
The pre-institute orientation (strongly recommended) is August 1 and 2. Fall meetings are on twelve consecutive Wednesdays, beginning August 31 and with breaks for NDEA and Thanksgiving. Wednesday sessions last 2.5 hours, with a likely start time of 5:00, though we may choose another start time if it better serves the group. Optional follow-up meetings will occur in spring 2012.

Who can participate?
The RRVWP invites teachers of any subject, at any grade level, who are interested in writing to participate. Since National Writing Project intensive institutes are selective, all participants must apply directly through the RRVWP.

How can I apply?
By July 22, please send the following materials via snail mail or e-mail to Kim Donehower at the address above:
 a brief resume with current contact information;
 one supporting letter from a teacher colleague;
 one supporting letter from a principal or supervisor;
 a letter of application in which you share your beliefs about writing in the classroom, the ways you use writing in your classroom, your special interests in writing and the teaching of writing, and what you hope to gain from the institute.

Finalists may be interviewed. Applications received after July 22 will be considered, depending on available space.