2016 Advance Institute

Looking for some ways to help your students become better writers? Interested in sharing your
own successes with teaching writing in a collaborative learning environment? Then join your
colleagues from the Northern California Writing Project for an invigorating 2-week long, in-depth inquiry into academic writing instruction. We will be focused on two research-supported
programs: the College Ready Writers Program (from the National Writing Project) for middle- and high school, and Being a Writer (from the Center for the Collaborative Classroom) for elementary grades. Both programs focus on engaging students with interesting and relevant readings, analyzing and using mentor texts to support student writers, and building student stamina and confidence in their writing abilities. The principles that underlie the programs will be studied as well: we will read together from texts by Joe Harris (Rewriting: How to Do Things with Texts), Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein (They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing), and Antero Garcia and Cindy O’Donnell-Allen (Pose, Wobble, Flow: A Culturally Proactive Approach to Literacy Instruction).
We’ll spend the first week diving deep into the two programs and the principles of academic
writing instruction that inform them. Participants will be given ample time to make plans for
incorporating/adapting College Ready Writers and/or Being a Writer into their existing curriculum for the 2016-17 school year. During the second week, we’ll focus on developing workshop models for use in NCWP professional development inservice programs, and investigate alternative methods for reaching busy teachers (e.g. by looking at the potential for NCWP webinars and other technology-facilitated learning opportunities). The 2016 Advance Institute will be held on the CSU, Chico campus in June and July.

Applications for 2016 Advance Institute are currently being accepted through March 30th

Institute at a glance:

  • Who:
    • Participants: Summer Institute alumni who are teachers from Modoc, Siskiyou, Lassen, Shasta, Trinity, Tehama, Plumas, Glenn, and Butte counties, plus the Marysville and Yuba City areas
    • Directors: Peter Kittle, Director of Northern California Writing Project, Carla Truttman, Amanda von Kleist and Lindsey Nemec, Teacher-Leaders from the Northern California Writing Project
  • Where: CSU, Chico
  • When: 
    • Mandatory Orientation: One Saturday in April or May TBD
    • Institute: June 20 – July 1, M-F  9:00-4:00pm
    • Follow-Ups: 3 Webinars, 2 Saturdays during 2016-2017 School Year
  • Costs: 
    • $300: tuition for 5 units from CSU, Chico (optional)
  • Stipends: Each participant will receive a $750 stipend at the conclusion of the institute