Monday, March 16, 2015

2015 Summer Institute Application Deadline Fast Approaching

2015 Summer Institute: Writing to Learn

for K-16 Teachers

NDSU Campus, Fargo, ND

Send applications and questions to
Kelly Sassi, Director
Red River Valley Writing Project
Dept. 2320, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108
701-231-7156; kelly[dot]sassi[at]ndsu[dot]edu

What does the Summer Institute offer?
As a site of the National Writing Project, the RRVWP Summer Institute offers participants a place to read and discuss ideas about teaching writing and using writing to teach—plus time to write. Readings include common and individual selections to meet the needs and interests of all participants in the institute. Teachers also share best teaching practices through hands-on teaching demonstrations and explore the teaching of writing by writing. Participants are eligible to receive up to a $750 stipend to reimburse the cost of tuition for the institute. Institute fellows are eligible for up to three graduate credits through NDSU. Requirements for credit: participation, teaching demonstration, and portfolio due July 31.

When is the institute?
Pre-institute orientation:
Friday, May 15th  from 5:15-8:15 pm and Saturday, May 16th 9:00 am-noon
Summer institute:
Tuesday-Friday, July 7-10, 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Monday-Thursday, July 13-16, 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Monday-Thursday, July 20-23, 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Who can participate?
The RRVWP invites teachers of any subject, at any grade level, to apply. Since National Writing Project summer institutes are selective, all participants must apply directly to the RRVWP.
How can I apply?
By April 1, please send the following materials via
snail mail or e-mail to Kelly Sassi 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 Summer Institute.