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Mary Sawyer TWI Summer 2014 Hudson Valley Writing Project Invitational Institute Fellows Hudson Valley Writing Project Invitational Institute

Comprised of three SUNY New Paltz graduate courses offered over the course of a single year, HVWP's Invitational Institute, LEADERSHIP IN THE TEACHING OF WRITING, is designed for educators who wish to develop expertise in writing instruction and literacy development, and serve as leaders in their school communities.


TEACHERS AS WRITERS: HVWP Invitational Institute 1 (3 credits)
SUMMER 2015: May 9, July 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 / 8:30a.m.-3:30p.m.
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 design a professional development workshop based on what works in your own classroom.

TEACHERS AS LEARNERS: HVWP Invitational Institute 2 (3 credits)
FALL 2015: Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Oct. 24 , Nov. 7, Dec. 5 / 8:30a.m.-3:30p.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. With collegial support, you will plan and lead a writing workshop for an audience that includes teachers and/or student writers.

TEACHERS AS LEADERS: HVWP Invitational Institute 3 (3 credits)
SPRING 2016: Jan. 23, Feb. 6, March 5, April 9, May 7 / 8:30a.m.-3:30p.m.
In this capstone course that includes five Saturday sessions and weekly online coursework, you will design and lead a writing project for your school community and/or the HVWP network. Using action research methods, you will develop skills to document student learning and assess the impact of your leadership. 

This was one of the very best professional development opportunities I have experienced in my 30-year career. It feels as if I've come home! Your planning and facilitation is so comprehensive and smooth . . . . I came away refreshed and inspired, with new colleagues and friends and a connection to an amazing professional community of writers and learners. Thank you! 

                                                        - Connie Dodd, Participant, 2014-15 Invitational Institute

HVWP invites applications from educators who work with students of all ages--from pre-kindergarten to college--and in all subject areas, including English Language Arts, social studies, science, math, the arts, special education, and English as a Second Language. 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.


In the meantime, please contact Director Tom Meyer ( with questions.