2014 Intensive Institute in Fargo: Common Core and More
Preinstitute May 16-17; Institute July 8-17, NDSU CampusThe intensive summer institute offers a place to read and discuss ideas about teaching writing and using writing to teach—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 through hands-on teaching demonstrations and explore the teaching of writing by writing. Participants receive a stipend to reimburse the cost of tuition for the institute. They also receive books and a supportive community of fellow teachers. Institute fellows are eligible for graduate credits through NDSU. Teachers of any subject, at any grade level, may apply. The 2014 Summer Institute is funded through a SEED Leadership Grant.
2014 Open Institute in Fargo: Build Your Argument Toolkit--Rhetoric in the K12 Classroom
July 22 and 23, 8:30 - 4:30, NDSU Campus, one credit
The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts place tremendous emphasis on the “evidence-based argument,” but there’s a more important word buried (and sometimes misdefined) in the standards: “rhetoric.” “Rhetoric,” in the classic sense, is the study of persuasion, and it’s difficult to teach students to read or write arguments without it. It encompasses everything from coming up with sound claims to the selection of evidence to audience analysis to persuasive techniques to word choice. This mini-institute is designed to give K12 teachers an introductory course in classical to contemporary rhetoric, so that we might select useful ideas, terms, and techniques for our students and our teaching. Participants are eligible for one continuing education credit through NDSU.