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Genesee Valley Writing Project Seeks Teachers for 2015 Summer Institute

Local Educators Must Apply by April 15
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The Genesee Valley Writing Project is gearing up for its 2015 Invitational Summer Institute, running July 6 to 23 in LeChase Hall on the University of Rochester’s River Campus. This year’s Institute will include an in-depth focus on a Writing Project approach to the Common Core State Standards.
The Annual Invitational Summer Institute is the centerpiece of the Genesee Valley Writing Project (GVWP). During the three-week program, teachers from Monroe and surrounding counties are brought together to expand their knowledge and understanding of the meaningful teaching and learning of writing. In addition to participating in a collaborative Writing Project, the Summer Institute will provide a space for Writing Project participants, both new and returning classroom teachers, to do research writing and publishing.
“This is an intensive professional development experience for urban, suburban, and rural teachers across all grade levels—from early childhood to college level—and from all disciplines,” said Professor Joanne Larson, GVWP program director and chair of teaching and curriculum at the Warner School of Education. “Common Core is a topic on everyone’s mind right now. A goal of this year’s Summer Institute is to allow teachers to learn and design Common Core modules that they can then take back to their classrooms in the fall.”
The GVWP’s successful model for professional development brings teachers together to study the latest research on teaching writing and share knowledge, expertise, and authentic classroom practices with one another. Using a teachers-teaching-teachers model, the program also creates professional communities that help educators keep instruction fresh and vibrant in the classroom and prepares teacher-leaders who can provide professional learning within their school districts.
All follow-up programs and activities—community outreach programs, mini-conferences, school-based inservice workshops, collaborative partnerships, and teacher study groups—will evolve from the centerpiece of the Summer Institute and take place throughout the remainder of the year.
To apply to the Summer Institute, teachers must submit an application with an attached cover page and personal statement describing their experience with teaching writing in the classroom, research interests in the teaching and learning of writing, and how the Writing Project would contribute to their future professional goals. The deadline to submit these materials is April 15. A mandatory Pre-Institute meeting will be held Saturday, June 13.
Summer Institute participants will meet four days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. All participating teachers may apply up to 100 hours of professional development toward their district’s professional development requirement.
NWP logoSponsored by and housed within the Warner School of Education and administered through the Center for Professional Development and Education Reform, the GVWP began in 2007, and is now one of nearly 200 active university-based sites of the National Writing Project, whose mission is to improve learning in schools across the nation. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, private foundations, universities, and a variety of funders, Writing Project sites serve all 50 states and host an array of high-quality professional development activities
To download an application for the 2015 GVWP Summer Institute, click HERE or visit: www.warner.rochester.edu/newsevents/story/880/. For more information, please contact Joanne Larson, GVWP director, at jlarson@warner.rochester.edu or (585) 275-0900.  
About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education (www.warner.rochester.edu) offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, educational policy, counseling, human development, and health professions education. The Warner School of Education offers an accelerated option for its EdD programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform.  

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