summer institutes

    Colleagues of mine from the Philadelphia Writing Project asked me recently if I had suggestions about ways that they might think about extending their Summer Institute (SI) beyond the summer and into spaces, on and offline. The goals were to allow for beyond-the-summer discussions as well as to support others in joining in and participating beyond that particular SI cohort. Below are a set...
On the April 24, 2014 NWP Radio show, the topic was site readings during upcoming invitational summer institutes. Guests discussed the summer readings as well as how those readings have changed and stayed the same as the Common Core Standards have come online and ever more content is available digitally. Host Joye Alberts of the National Writing Project was pleased to welcome guests Lil Brannon...
           In the summer of 2013, the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University hired Bridgeport teacher-of-the-year, Shaun Mitchell, to be a digital liaison and supporter of 21st century literacies. Mitchell provided Connected Learning between the teacher Invitational Summer Institute and Young Writers’ Institutes held on Fairfield’s campus. Mitchell, who teaches English and Drama at...
The Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University just completed its first week of the Invitational Summer Institute where we began to make summer, to connect our learning, and to question what digital writing actually is. There were a few changes made with this summer's programs, however, for very specific reasons. The Young Writers' Institutes hosted at our campus have grown robust and...
On our first day of the ISI, we created powerful spaces that pushed all to transform. In one space, each of us curated our Artifact Boxes, displaying items that tell facets of our lives. Once curated, we engaged in a Gallery Walk, with music playing in the background, that involved perusing all the curated boxes. We were invited, post-it notes in hand, to quietly leave "Noticings" and "Wonderings...