Summer Workshops

2013 Summer Institute in Fargo: Writing Across the Content Areas

Preinstitute May 24-25; Institute June 10-21


What does the institute offer?

As a site of the National Writing Project, the Red River Valley Writing Project summer institute offers you 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 up to three graduate credits through NDSU.


When is the institute?

The pre-institute orientation is May 24 and 25, 2013. The summer institute will take place Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 21, from 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. Bi-weekly follow-up meetings will occur in fall 2013.


Who can participate?

The RRVWP invites teachers of any subject, at any grade level, to apply. Since National Writing Project intensive institutes are selective, all participants must apply directly to the RRVWP. The 2013 Summer Institute was funded through a SEED Leadership and/or multi-disciplinary teams of 3-5 teachers. Some examples of such teams are the following:

A group of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers from the same school; a middle school team comprising a science teacher, an ELA teacher, and a math teacher; a STEM group of four high school teachers and  a university instructor; a group of 3-5 teachers who all teach the same subject in an articulated sequence such as French I, II, III, and IV. Individuals may also apply.


How can I apply?

By April 18, please send the following materials via snail mail or e-mail to Kelly Sassi at the address below:

  • 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 the names of your team members, 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, what you hope to gain from the institute.

Finalists may be interviewed. Applications received after April 18 will be considered depending on available space.


Send Applications and Questions to:

Kelly Sassi
Red River Valley Writing Project 
Dept. 2320, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108