2014 Summer Institute


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The 2014 EIWP Institute Day for Teachers Across the Curriculum

October 17, 2014
Free and Open to the Public!
Teachers Earn 5 CPDUs!
Lunch is provided!

Join us on October 17, 2014 at the Eastern Illinois Writing Project Institute Day. The Institute Day will be held in the Doudna Fine Arts Center on the Campus of Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL. 

This year’s conference will focus on Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum and the Common Core Standards. The Eastern Illinois University Teaching with Primary Source Project is co-sponsoring our event.

This free Institute Day will run from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and will include a keynote address led by teacher-researcher Nancy Steineke and two breakout sessions with your choice of teacher-driven presentations and workshops. All our events will allow both attendees and presenters to share effective ideas and confer with one another, emphasizing our belief that the best teachers of teachers are other teachers. Lunch and 5 CPDUs will be provided.

Nancy Steineke has taught English at Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Illinois, since 1984, where she collaborates with teachers across the curriculum and grade level to extend and refine student literacy knowledge. During the summer, she works with Dr. Harvey Daniels at the Walloon Institute, offering seminars for teachers, administrators, parent leaders, and their families. She is the author of multiple works addressing literacy across grade levels and disciplines, including Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature with Harvey Daniels (2013), Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading with Harvey Daniels (2011), Content Area Writing: Every Teacher’s Guide with Harvey Daniels and Steve Zemelman (2007), Mini-Lessons for Literature Circles with Harvey Daniels (2004), and Reading and Writing Together: Collaborative Literacy In Action (2002).

Register for the FREE 2014 EIWP Institute Day here!



The Eastern Illinois Writing Project seeks to provide K-16 teachers across the curriculum with opportunities to:

  • Improve student writing in all disciplines.

  • Provide schools with an effective in-service model.

  • Identify, celebrate and enhance the professional role of successful classroom teachers.

  • Apply a teacher-centered model to implement these goals.

To facilitate teaching and learning in all of our programs, we follow National Writing Project principles and believe “The best teachers of teachers are other teachers” and “The best teachers of writing are writers themselves.”


NWP Core Principles:

  • Teachers at every level — from kindergarten through college — are the agents of reform; universities and schools are ideal partners for investing in that reform through professional development.

  • Writing can and should be taught, not just assigned, at every grade level. Professional development programs should provide opportunities for teachers to work together to understand the full spectrum of writing development across grades and across subject areas.

  • Knowledge about the teaching of writing comes from many sources: theory and research, the analysis of practice, and the experience of writing. Effective professional development programs provide frequent and ongoing opportunities for teachers to write and to examine theory, research and practice together systematically.

  • There is no single right approach to teaching writing; however, some practices prove to be more effective than others. A reflective and informed community of practice is in the best position to design and develop comprehensive writing programs.

  • Teachers who are well-informed and effective in their practice can be successful teachers of other teachers as well as partners in educational research, development and implementation. Collectively, teacher-leaders are our greatest resource for educational reform.


Activities of the Eastern Illinois Writing Project

  • Writing activities like journaling, writing marathons, peer response, and demonstration feedback.

  • Teaching demonstrations — the highlight of the Institute.

  • Reading and research.

  • Small and large group discussions.

  • Coaching sessions with directors and teaching consultants.

  • Having fun.


Additional Activities of the EWP

  • In-Services led by new teacher consultants from the summer institute.

  • Reading and writing workshops.

  • Conference participation.

  • Web and listserve discussions.

  • Writing and pedagogy publications.



"It is absurd to imagine that any child will be able to earn a living, let alone contribute to resolving our world's complex problems, without knowing how to read and write. My foundation supports the National Writing Project, so that teachers can be more effective in their efforts to improve literacy to all students" (Isabel Allende)

Please join with Isabel Allende and contribute to the NWP and EIWP E-Campaign to ensure that our site can continue providing summer institutes and professional development for teachers in the Central Illinois Region and nationwide.

Click here for more information. Thank you!