Hudson Valley Writing Project

Early Career Leadership Institute (ECLI)

Apply to become a teaching fellow in the 2021-22 EARLY CAREER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE, a unique program for educators in the first five years of their careers. Fellows develop new teaching and leadership skills as they learn powerful literacy strategies that put writing, deep reading, and critical thinking at the center of their practice.

"The Early Career Leadership Institute opened my eyes to what good professional development looks like, sounds like, and feels like. The program inspired me to ask questions, to try new ideas…to seek out suggestions and criticisms, and to truly become a lifelong learner."

 – Meghan Landerway, M. Clifford Miller Middle School, Kingston, NY


ENTERING COMMUNITIES: ECLI I (48 in-service hours)
Summer 2021: July 19-22 & 26-29 | 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Join a community of practice in which you refine your vision for teaching and learn about the communities where you teach. Through writing and rich discussion, you will develop as a writer, gaining new skills and confidence to incorporate more writing into your teaching.

Fall 2021: Sept. 25, Oct. 2 & 23, Nov. 6, Dec. 4 | 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Working alongside colleagues, you will document and study your students’ learning in order to build a reflective practice to inform your teaching. As you expand your professional network, you will learn about resources to support your students, classroom, and school community.

Spring 2022: Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Mar. 5, Apr. 2, May 7 | 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Focusing on student and community needs, you will add your voice to the professional conversation about how to best improve teaching. You will develop new leadership skills by designing and leading a literacy-rich workshop for an audience that includes current and/or future teachers.

NOTE: The Summer 2021 course will take place in an online format with synchronous teaching. The Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 sessions will be conducted in person and take place in New Paltz. (Please see the Institute application for details.)

Teachers selected to be fellows in the EARLY CAREER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE may receive up to 90% tuition assistance toward the $1500 fee. ECLI fellows receive a CTLE certificate for 108 hours at the completion of the program. Those enrolled in a SUNY New Paltz graduate program may be eligible to earn up to six credits. Please contact Dr. Tom Meyer, HVWP Director, at with questions regarding graduate credit.

Applications for the 2021-22 Early Career Leadership Institute are now closed. Please join our email list to learn about future opportunities.

Please contact us at or (845) 257-2836 with any questions about the Institute.