The Columbus-Area Writing Project (CAWP) Summer Institute is designed for teachers from all disciplines and all level of instruction, including kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school, community college, and university. The CAWP Summer Institute is based on the philosophy of “teachers teaching teachers” and on the importance of teachers themselves writing as a part of improving the teaching of writing. Participating teachers will have the opportunities to learn from each other, to study writing theory and research, to write their own compositions and participate in writing workshops, and to develop leadership and professional development skills in the teaching of writing.
Summer Institute 2013 Activities
TEACHERS WRITING: We spend part of every day writing and sharing our writing with each other. We write in many different genres and provide support to work with some of the newer digital and multimodal genres. Everyone has the opportunity to share their writing with other teachers who are participating in other Writing Projects across the nation through the e-anthology.
TEACHERS SHARING TEACHING: Based on common interests, teacher groups will work collaboratively to research and plan lessons which will then be presented individually. Afterwards, we discuss the lesson together, share additional ideas about how to help students become proficient writers, and how the lesson might be adapted to other grades and content areas.
GUEST SPEAKERS: Our guest speakers have included nationally renowned teacher-leaders from ReThinking Schools and other universities, local poets, storytellers, journalists, authors as well as presenters on current educational and social justice topics.
MULTI-GENRE & MULTI-MODAL COMMUNITY WRITING PROJECTS: Each of us will write about our communities. It may be our neighborhood community, cultural community, professional community, classroom community, school community, or other community. We will use multiple genres and modes in our project. During the Summer Institute we will also learn how to use digital technologies for composing.
READINGS: Readings will relate to areas chosen for collaborative lesson study. Readings will be practical, innovative, and theoretically sound. In addition these readings will integrate academic learning and social justice.
FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES– Graduates of the Summer Institute are eligible to participate in CAWP events during the academic year including social events, community writing activities and/or teacher research in their classrooms.
SCHEDULE – 3 day, 2 night Retreat, June 12-14; two weeks at OSU, June 17-28.
COSTS – If you are accepted for the CAWP Summer Institute, you can receive from 2 to 4 graduate semester credit hours from OSU (this is equivalent to 3 to 6 graduate quarter credit hours), which you pay for yourself or by securing a tuition waiver from your school district. The 3 day retreat and any required books will be provided at no cost to participants. For more information about costs call 614-738-1541.