About the Invitational Summer Writing Institute 2013
The Greater New Orleans Writing Project Summer Institute is a five week, full day professional development course where teachers learn how to strengthen their own writing and the teaching of writing. During the five week course, teachers will engage in writing workshops, pursue an inquiry-based research project, present a successful classroom lesson grounded in best practices, and publish their research and their own writing online.
When teachers complete the GNOWP Summer Institute, they earn six hours of graduate credit in either English or education. Upon completion, teachers also earn the designation of Teacher Consultant for the National Writing Project. Teacher Consultants may participate in GNOWP’s annual conference WriteFest, present at professional development workshops, work with young writers through the GNOWP Summer Camp and the Scholastic Writing Awards Workshops, travel to regional and national conferences, and much, much more! Most importantly, teachers will gain insight into their own teaching practices and philosophy and will be a part of one of the best education networks in the city.
Summer Institute Components
We identify ourselves not only as teachers but also as writers. We immerse ourselves in the writing process, composing in a variety of genres for multiple audiences. At the end of the institute, we publish our best work on the GNOWP website and in an e-anthology.
As a community of writers, we share our writing with colleagues who value the positive feedback we need to develop our best works.
INQUIRY RESEARCH GROUPS
Free of school-year demands, we take the time to research education scholarship to answer some of our burning questions about writing instruction. We use our findings to strengthen our pedagogy and to educate our colleagues about best practices in writing instruction.
We develop and refine our best practices in the teaching of writing. We then share successful teaching strategies with educators in the New Orleans region through professional development workshops and WriteFest.
Tuition, Financial Aid, and Tuition Support
Tuition and fees for the 6-hour graduate credit Summer Institute was $1796 for Louisiana residents in 2012. There may be a slight increase this year. Financial aid is available through UNO’s Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships, and some tuition support from GNOWP will be available, as well. We want qualified and excellent teachers to attend the Summer Institute, and we’ll work with your school and with you to make that happen.
How to Apply
Or download and fill out the brochure and mail it to:
Sarah DeBacher, Director
Greater New Orleans Writing Project
LA 201, The University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148
Deadline for application is April 15th. Candidates will be notified by April 29th if they are invited to interview for admission to the Summer Institute.