The Redwood Writing Project (RWP), a California Subject Matter Project and an affiliate of the National Writing Project, is a professional development program of, by, and for teachers at all grade levels and in all disciplines. RWP is dedicated to improving writing in grades Pre-K through 16 and maintains that significant change happens over time. We encourage diverse approaches to teaching writing, and unlike much teacher training and mandated inservice relying on outside consultants, all Writing Project sites are collaborations among successful practicing teachers who have been designated Teacher-Consultants (TCs) after having completed an Invitational Summer Institute. We work from a firm belief in the power of classroom-tested knowledge.
The collaborative design of the Summer Institute allows teachers to develop strategies that will fit their teaching styles and meet the needs of their students. During the Summer Institute, participants will read and discuss research on the teaching of writing and how it may be applied to subjects across the curriculum; explore the ways in which state- and district-mandated curricula can be successfully integrated into a dynamic learning environment; work in response groups and share writing; explore relationships among writing, thinking, and learning; investigate a teaching practice and develop a demonstration workshop; and develop professional leadership roles as practitioners, researchers, writers, and inservice providers. Therefore, teachers accepted to the Invitational Summer Institute commit to ongoing professional development opportunities, and RWP TCs act as peer coaches, study group leaders, classroom mentors, and inservice coordinators.
A flyer of our most recent ISI is attached. We’re not accepting applications at this time, but if you’d like to receive information about the 2013 ISI, please email us at email@example.com; include your name, school, grade/subject taught, email, and phone number. As soon as our flyer and application are released for 2013, we’ll email you with the materials. Thanks for your interest!
ApproximateTimeline for ISI:
- Call for Applications: January/February
- Priority Application Deadline: March
- Orientation: May
- Pre-Institute Intensive: 3 Days at the end of June
- Institute: 10 Days in July
- Follow-up Activities : September through March