Hudson Valley Writing Project

Early Career Leadership Institute

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.

PLEASE NOTE: This year's Institute will be taught in a hybrid fashion, using a combination of face-to-face and remote synchronous and asynchronous instruction. In-person meetings will take place in New Paltz, in accordance with recommended guidelines provided by SUNY New Paltz and the Ulster County Health Department.

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.

HVWP accepts applications on a rolling basis. Our priority deadline is April 1, 2021. Apply online today.

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