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Hudson Valley Writing Project

Invitational Institute

Comprised of three graduate courses offered over the course of a single year, Leadership in the Teaching of Writing is an advanced institute for educators who want to develop expertise in writing instruction and literacy development, and serve as leaders in their school communities.

Applications for our 2018-19 cohort will be available on December 15, 2017. Please download the 2018-19 Invitational Institute flyer to view dates and course descriptions. 

Please join our email list to receive an announcement when the application is available. 


TEACHERS AS WRITERS: Invitational Institute 1  
(3 credits)
SUMMER 2017 (completed)
In this ten-session seminar, you will develop skills and confidence as a writing teacher as you engage in personal and professional writing. You will learn innovative teaching strategies aligned with the Common Core. Working with a coach, you will also design a professional development workshop based on what works in your own classroom.

TEACHERS AS LEARNERS: Invitational Institute 2  (3 credits)
FALL 2017: Sept. 16 & 23, Oct. 14, Nov. 4, Dec. 9 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
In a blended learning format that includes five Saturday sessions and weekly online coursework, you will deepen your understanding of writing instruction and action research methods as you engage in an inquiry process centered around your teaching practice. With collegial support, you will plan and lead a literacy workshop for an audience that includes teachers and/or students.

TEACHERS AS LEADERS: Invitational Institute 3  (3 credits) 
SPRING 2018: Jan. 27, Feb. 10, March 10, April 14 & 28 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

In this capstone course that includes five Saturday sessions and weekly online coursework, you will build skills to engage with a variety of school stakeholders as you propose, design, and lead a writing project for your school community and/or the HVWP network. In this process, you will practice strategies for documenting and assessing the impact of your leadership.

From previous participants in the Invitational Institute:

"This is a dynamite program. The most valuable part: seeing myself as someone capable of bringing new ideas and change into my workplace." - Andrew Stock

"The conversations we engaged in were rich . . . Feedback and reflection were nested within the curriculum, challenging participants to make connections between theory and practice." - Colleen Mutchler-Santoli

HVWP invites applications to the Institute from educators who work with students of all ages -- from preschool to college -- and in all subject areas, including English language arts, social studies, science, math, the arts, and special education. HVWP maintains a special interest in working with educators who teach English language learners, as well as those who work with students from communities impacted by poverty. Participants are selected based on their interest in learning and leadership, their teaching experience, their written application, and a collegial interview. 

Please join our email list to receive announcements about the Invitational Institute. Application for the 2018-19 cohort will be available in December.