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.

Course Descriptions and Dates:

TEACHERS AS WRITERS: HVWP Invitational Institute 1
Summer 2016: May 14, July 12-14, 19-21, 26-28
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
3 credits

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
Fall 2016: Sept. 17 & 24, Oct. 15, Nov. 5, Dec. 10
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
3 credits

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 literacy workshop for an audience that includes teachers and/or students.

TEACHERS AS LEADERS: HVWP Invitational Institute 3
Spring 2017: Jan. 28, Feb. 25, Mar. 11, Apr. 1 & 29
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
3 credits

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.

LEADERSHIP IN THE TEACHING OF WRITING is offered in partnership with SUNY New Paltz and the New Paltz Central School District at a reduced tuition of $850 for each 3-credit course (regularly estimated at $1400 per course). There are no additional fees. Ask your school administrators how HVWP’s Institute fits with your district's salary incentive programs.

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.

From recent participants in the Invitational Institute:

My professional writing gave me an opportunity to own my voice and strength as an educator. It forced me to clarify my beliefs.
- Maya Projansky

The community was supportive and accepting. I always felt the culture of HVWP was to find positives, emerging successes.
- Valerie Hughes

I came away refreshed and inspired, with new colleagues and friends, and a connection to an amazing professional community of writers and learners.
- Connie Dodd

For questions, contact Dr. Tom Meyer: