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Hudson Valley Writing Project

Early Career Leadership Institute

The Early Career Leadership Institute is a year-long, three-part institute for K-12 teachers in the first five years of their careers. Participants develop new teaching and leadership skills as they learn powerful literacy strategies that allow them to put writing, deep reading, and critical thinking at the center of their practice. 


SUMMER 2018: July 23-26, July 30-Aug. 2 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | 48 inservice hours
Join a community of practice in which you refine your vision for teaching, build your pedagogical content knowledge, and learn about the communities in which you work. Each day includes time to work closely with accomplished HVWP teacher-leaders and try and critically reflect on strategies that help students become engaged thinkers, learners, and writers. Through writing and rich conversation, you will develop as a writer, gaining skills and confidence to create sturdy routines for incorporating more writing into your teaching.

FALL 2018: Sept. 15 & 29, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Dec. 8 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | 30 inservice hours
During these five fall Saturdays, as you build a reflective practice, you will expand your professional network and identify resources relevant to your students, classroom, and school community. You will study the ways in which intentional writing instruction impacts student work and engagement. Working within a smaller group that includes an HVWP mentor, you will gain skills for describing student work from your classroom to inform your teaching.

SPRING 2019: Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Mar. 16, Apr. 6, May 4 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | 30 inservice hours
In the spring, you will add your voice to the ongoing professional conversation about how to best improve teaching. You will refine your practice, putting student work and community needs at the center, as you teach, reflect, and plan with intention. The five Saturday sessions include opportunities to continue learning with colleagues and to develop leadership skills by designing and leading a literacy-rich workshop for an audience that includes current and/or future teachers.

TEACHING YOUNG WRITERS: Co-Leading a Summer Youth Writing Program
SUMMER 2019 (optional)
To solidify and extend your literacy expertise, you will be invited to apply to join an HVWP teacher leader to co-design and co-teach a week-long HVWP youth writing workshop at a cultural site or university campus in the Hudson Valley. Programs are in late June, July, and August.

The program costs are $350 for the summer; $200 for the fall; and $200 for the spring. HVWP is a NYSED-approved sponsor of CTLE and certificates documenting inservice hours will be provided at the completion of each course. HVWP will offer a 10% discount when two teachers from the same school participate. 

From previous participants in the ECLI:

"Before this course, even though I viewed writing as something truly powerful... I still saw it as a linear demonstration of something. Now I see that writing is truly a way of understanding and processing the world around us, our thoughts, our feelings, knowledge, readings, and arguments." - JS, SUNY New Paltz

"I told myself that I wouldn't be one of those teachers that crushed creativity. I valued personal writing and creativity, but I wasn't bringing it into my classroom. Now I feel I have the strategies and back up I need to support my classroom." - JP, Kingston CSD

"In the summer, we participated in activities we often ask our students to participate in. When you have experienced and worked through an activity, it is only then that you can fully appreciate the benefits of the experience. This knowledge allows teachers to gain confidence in knowing, naming, and effectively implementing what it is they are teaching." - IM, Wappingers CSD


Applications are currently closed and will re-open for the 2019-20 cohort by December. 

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Questions? Contact HVWP: 
(845) 257-2836