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NCWP Summer Institutes 2021

NCWP Summer Institutes 2021


This summer (2021), we are offering two invitational Summer Institutes: one for early career teachers called the Beginning Teacher Design Institute and one for teachers who have taught more than 6 years, called the traditional Summer Institute. Both are open to educators across grade levels–from kindergarten to college–and disciplines. The Summer Institutes take place via Zoom: June 21- 24 & June 28-July 1 (Mondays-Thursdays, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm). Educators receive an $800 stipend for their participation. Teachers can also purchase 1-3 professional development units.

The Beginning Teacher Design Institute is open to educators who are in their first five years of teaching. Teachers should come from a variety of disciplines–math to social studies–as we believe that writing is a part of every area of study. Our goal is to connect rural teachers in our network at the beginning of what we hope is a long career in education.

Our traditional Invitational Summer Institute is open to educators with more than 6+ years teaching experience. Like our Beginning Teacher institute, teachers should come from a variety of disciplines and grade levels.

Who should apply?

Any teacher (k-college) who wants to think about the teaching of writing with other educators in our service area.

What will we do?

At the center of our beliefs about professional development is that teachers are the best teachers of other teachers. For this reason, teachers in our summer institutes read new professional texts, write together, share problems of practice, and create the kinds of support they want as educators. Most mornings begin with teachers sharing a practice from his or her classroom. The afternoons offer time to read, write, and design together. Following the institute, teachers can lead other professional development in local schools if interested.

Who is facilitating?

The team of facilitators cover a range of grade levels and contexts: Anthony Miranda is a 7th grade English teacher at Sierra Vista K-8 in Vacaville; Amanda Von Kleist is a Special Education teacher at Hamilton Union High School; Lindsey Nemec is an English teacher and Center Coordinator at Northern Unified Charter School; Kyra Mello, co-director of the NCWP, teaches at Yuba Community College and is Chair of Distance Education; Sarah Pape teaches creative writing at Chico State and is the managing editor for Watershed Review; Kim Jaxon, co-director of the NCWP, is a CSU, Chico Professor (Composition & Literacy) who studies digital literacies and pedagogies. The team will be joined throughout the institute by other veteran teachers who will facilitate a variety of workshops related to the teaching of writing.

Deadlines, dates and location?

  • Friday, April 2: Applications due. Link to application here
  • Pre Institute Orientations (participants will attend one of the following)
    • Saturday, April 24: Pre-Institute Orientation for Beginning Teacher Summer Institute
    • Saturday, May 1: Pre-Institute Orientation for traditional Summer Institute participants
  • Both Summer Institutes will run virtually from 9:00 am-3:00 pm:
    • Monday to Thursday: June 21-24
    • Monday to Thursday: June 28-July 1
      • Participants must be able to join via Zoom all days including the pre-institute gathering for their Summer Institute.
  • Fall reunion date TBA

Are there other details I should know?

  • Participants will receive an $800 stipend for participating.
  • Professional development units can be purchased (1-3 CSU credits for $60 per unit).
  • All materials, including current professional books for participants, are covered by NCWP and will be mailed to teachers’ preferred address.

Applications are due April 2! We hope you will join us!

Link to application