Invitational Summer Institute

[No UCWP ISI will be held in summer 2018.]

The 2017 UCWP Summer Invitational Institute:

Enhancing writing instruction for K-16 Teachers

As a professional development network, the Upper Cumberland Writing Project works to support and improve writing instruction across subjects and at all grade levels. The professional development model established by the National Writing Project celebrates superior teaching and exemplary teachers and values effective strategies in all classrooms. As an NWP site, the UCWP recognizes the expertise of successful classroom teachers, and we provide opportunities for these teachers to teach other teachers.

The Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) provides selected teachers with intensive, sustained time to discuss and enhance the ways they use writing in their classrooms, to deepen their teaching philosophies, and to build a community of teachers interested in writing. Upon completion of the Summer Institute, ISI Fellows become UCWP Teacher Consultants who facilitate professional development and community outreach programs throughout our region.

What does the 2017 Summer Institute offer?

The UCWP’s two-week Summer Institute offers participants an opportunity to learn about and discuss ideas related to teaching writing and using writing to teach—plus time to write. Common readings distributed during the Institute will be selected to meet the needs and interests of all participants. Teachers will share best teaching practices through hands-on teaching demonstrations and explore ideas and strategies through writing.

A typical day during the workshop features focused discussion of a reading and relevant strategies, time for writing reflectively and critically, constructive writing feedback from peers, an expert teacher's demonstration of effective strategies for using writing, and rich discussion of how to integrate and customize strategies for subject areas and across grade levels. The conclusion of the ISI features a festive celebration of writing. Participants will receive relevant materials and a $500 stipend. ISI is funded by a grant from the National Writing Project.

Who may participate?

The UCWP invites teachers of any subject at any grade level to apply. Funding and space are limited, and ISI acceptance is selective. Prospective participants must apply to be considered (see application procedures below).

When is the 2017 Institute?

The 2017 ISI consists of a pre-Institute Saturday workshop in May and a two-week intensive workshop in June; participants are required to attend all dates listed.

2017 Pre-Institute Workshop:

Saturday, 6 May 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm

2017 Invitational Summer Institute:

Monday-Friday, 2-16 June 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm

Monday-Friday, 19-23 June 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm

How to apply...


By 3 March 2017, send the following materials to Tony Baker (address below) either by mail or by email (as attachments):

  1. Your updated resume (include mailing and email address);
  2. A letter of application in which you introduce yourself and write about each of these items

Describe how a professional resource (e.g., book, journal, online resource, professional development workshop) has influenced the way that you use writing in your classroom.

Describe at least two of your teaching strategies for helping students become better writers and/or thinkers.

What do you hope to gain or achieve if you are accepted as a Fellow of the 2017 Invitational Summer Institute?

Application deadline (digital or print): Postmarked or received by Friday, March 3, 2017.

Send applications and/or questions to...

Dr. Tony Baker, Director

Upper Cumberland Writing Project

Tennessee Tech University, Dept. of English

Box 5053

Cookeville, TN 38505

email: abaker@tntech.edu