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Hudson Valley Writing Project

Invitational Institute

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.


TEACHERS AS WRITERS: Invitational Institute 1  
(3 credits)
SUMMER 2018: May 19 (Orientation), July 17-19, July 24-26, July 31-Aug 2 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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 also design a professional development workshop based on what works in your own classroom.

TEACHERS AS LEARNERS: Invitational Institute 2  (3 credits)
FALL 2018: Sept. 15 & 29, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Dec. 8 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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 as you engage in an inquiry process centered around your teaching practice. With collegial support, you will plan and lead a literacy workshop for an audience that includes teachers and/or students.

TEACHERS AS LEADERS: Invitational Institute 3  (3 credits) 
SPRING 2019: Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Mar. 16, Apr. 6, May 4 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

In this capstone course that includes five Saturday sessions and weekly online coursework, you will build skills to engage with a variety of school stakeholders as you propose, design, and lead a writing project for your school community and/or the HVWP network. In this process, you will practice strategies for documenting and assessing the impact of your leadership.

From previous participants in the Invitational Institute:

"Relevant and powerful. Collaboration is key. Teachers talking to teachers, trying out writing activities that help us to closely look at ourselves as writers and learners, and that we can also use with our students." - BW, Kingston High School

"Our focus on inquiry has impacted by teaching practice more than anything else I have done over the past ten years. More than graduate school. More than professional development courses. More than daily classroom experience." - CD, Somers High School

HVWP invites applications to the Institute from educators who work with students of all ages -- from preschool to college -- and in all subject areas, including English language arts, social studies, science, math, the arts, and special education. 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. 

Download the 2018-19 Invitational Institute application

Download the 2018-19 Invitational Institute flyer to share with your administrators and colleagues

Questions? Contact HVWP Director Tom Meyer: 
(845) 257-2877