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UCWP Professional Development Workshops

2018 events

June 27-29: UCWP Early Writing Institute

The UCWP hosts a three-day professional development institute for pre-K through 2nd-grade teachers in the Upper Cumberland. The Institute features practical, hands-on workshops to facilitate best, developmentally appropriate practices regarding writing instruction in early grades.

    • Wednesday - Friday, June 27 - 29, 9am - 3pm CST daily
    • Tennessee Tech University ~ Henderson Hall
    • Registration (by May 15): $150

Registration online  (requires payment with credit/debit card through TTU's secure MarketPlace)

Registration form (requires payment with check)

** Link to conference flyer. ** 


For teachers' PD purposes, each participant in a UCWP event receives a certificate of attendance. 

Questions? Contact Tony Baker (abaker@tntech.edu).

CANCELLED June 9: The Write Stuff! UCWP Conference for Teachers of All Grades and Subjects CANCELLED

A professional development conference presented by teachers for teachers!

The UCWP hosts The Write Stuff! conference for teachers of all grade levels and subject areas in the Upper Cumberland. The conference features a full day of hand-on 60-minute workshops led by UCWP teacher consultants about best practices in writing instruction from their classrooms. Each workshop also includes discussion of adaptation strategies for other grades and subjects.

  • Saturday, June 9, 9am - 4pm CST
  • Tennessee Tech University ~ Henderson Hall 
  • Registration: $40 by April 30, $50 after April 30.

Registration online (requires payment with credit/debit card through TTU's secure MarketPlace)

Registration form (requires payment with check)

** Link to conference flyer. **



Past Professional Development Events

2016 and 2017 Invitational Summer Institutes 

The UCWP Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) provided 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 became UCWP Teacher Consultants who facilitate professional development and community outreach programs throughout our region. Dates for the eleven-day 2017 ISI were May 6, June 12-16, and June 19-23. [Applications closed.]


2016-2017 workshops

Invitational Residency Institutes: Three-day winter invitational workshops for TTU Residency Candidates.

The UCWP Invitational Residency Institute (IRI) provides selected residency candidates (a.k.a. student teachers) from a wide range of grade levels and subject concentrations with three days of 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 new teachers interested and invested in writing. [Applications closed.]

      • Wednesday - Friday, December 14 - 16, 2016 (9.00 - 3.00 CST), Henderson Hall 305.
      • Monday - Wednesday, January 2 - 4, 2017 (9.00 - 3.00 CST), Henderson Hall 305.

2015 workshops

High-Interest Research Reports: Workshop for Elementary School Teachers.

11/7/2015 (9.00-12.00), TTU. Presenter: Jane Baker, TTU education professor, former elementary teacher.

Zines Across Subjects: Workshop for Middle School Teachers.

10/24/2015 (9.00-12.00), TTU. Presenter: Kristy Reagan, Upperman Middle School library media specialist.

The Argument Box: Workshop for High School Teachers of All Subjects.

9/19/2015 (9.00-12.00), TTU. Presenter: Tony Baker, TTU English professor, former high school teacher.