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Hudson Valley Writing Project

Leadership in the Teaching of Writing

The Hudson Valley Writing Project is now accepting applications for its 2020-21 Invitational Institute, LEADERSHIP IN THE TEACHING OF WRITING. Comprised of three graduate courses, this acclaimed program supports educators in developing expertise in writing instruction and literacy development as well as facilitation skills to work as leaders in the Writing Project and their school communities. 


“What a difference my year in the Invitational did for me as a teacher, a writer, and a human being. The practices I learned, the habits I now embrace, the attitude I have toward writing and literacy, the things I’ve had the courage to do . . . You have made a difference for me and my students. With all my heart, I thank you.”

– Terri Weiss, Valley Central School District 


TEACHERS AS WRITERS: Invitational Institute 1  (3 credits)
Summer 2020 Orientation: May 30 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Summer 2020: July 21-23, 28-30, August 4-6 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
In this summer session, you will engage in personal and professional writing to develop new skills and confidence as a writing teacher. You will also design a personally meaningful inquiry project focused on your teaching. Together, we will consider the importance of writing in our lives and in our classrooms.

TEACHERS AS LEARNERS: Invitational Institute 2  (3 credits)
Fall 2020: Sept. 12, Oct. 3 & 24, Nov. 7, Dec. 5 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
In this fall course, you will deepen your understanding of writing instruction and action research methods as you engage in an inquiry project focused on your teaching. Working with a mentor, you will also design a professional development workshop based on what works in your classroom.

TEACHERS AS LEADERS: Invitational Institute 3  (3 credits)
Spring 2021: Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Mar. 13, Apr. 17, May 1 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
In this capstone course, you will build leadership skills to work with stakeholders in education as you design and lead a literacy program for your school or the HVWP community. You will learn and practice new methods of documentation as you assess the impact of your project.

LEADERSHIP IN THE TEACHING OF WRITING is offered in partnership with SUNY New Paltz and the New Paltz Central School District. Participants earn nine graduate credits in one year. The tuition for each course is $850, for a total of $2550. There are no additional fees.

The deadline for applications to Leadership in the Teaching of Writing is Monday, May 18, 2020. Please see the online application below for details. 

Questions? Contact Dr. Tom Meyer, HVWP Director: 
(845) 257-2836