The Little Rock Writing Project (LRWP) at UALR is seeking applicants for the Invitational Summer Institute, a four-week workshop for teachers and administrators. The Summer Institute is open to teachers and administrators at all grade levels, kindergarten through college, and to teachers in all subject areas.
Funded through the National Writing Project (NWP), the Institute will be held from Monday, June 29 through Thursday, July 23 on the UALR campus. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 13. For an application, log on to ualr.edu/writingproject, or call 501-944-2174.
Dr. Sally Crisp, Department of Rhetoric and Writing and director of the LRWP, said that the application process for the four-week institute is competitive. “Teachers who attend the Summer Invitational Institute can earn six hours of graduate credit, with their tuition, fees, and books fully paid for through our grant funding,” said Crisp. “We keep the Summer Institute small enough for in-depth teaching demonstrations and lots of collegial interaction among the teachers.”
The National Writing Project “model” begins with an annual summer institute at each site, led by university faculty and K-12 teachers, and also includes continuity follow-up and professional development outreach. The idea is for teacher-leaders to take their expertise in teaching writing back to their schools and districts. The Little Rock Writing Project, an NWP site, began 13 years ago and has thus far worked in partnership with many area schools, providing professional development for teachers. The LRWP also sponsors summer Young Writers Camps in Little Rock and Benton for elementary age children.
“In our partnerships with schools, we hope to see schools move toward a writing culture,” said Crisp. “A writing culture leads to a spirit of inquiry and, of course, widespread use of writing in the school.”