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                                                                                                                          Annual Fall Institute Day

Thank you for an amazing 2015 Summer Institute!


The 2015 Eastern Illinois Writing Project Summer Institute 2015 was held from June 16-July 9. The teachers met Monday through Thursday in Coleman Hall on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and explored the community during their weekly writing crawls. 

View the photo slideshow to see what our newest teacher consultants learned during the 2015 Summer Institute. For more information or to apply to the 2016 Summer Institute, visit our main Summer Institute page.

Robin L. Murray, director


The 2015 EIWP Institute Day for Teachers Across the Curriculum

October 16, 2015
Free and Open to the Public!
Teachers Earn 5 CPDHs!
Lunch is provided!

Join us on October 16, 2015 at the Eastern Illinois Writing Project Institute Day. The Institute Day will be held in the from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center on the Campus of Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL.

Registration is now open!  

This free Institute Day includes teacher-driven presentations and workshops that 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.

The 2015 Institute Day will focus on collaborative reading and writing in multiple disciplines, including math, science, history, social studies, and technical subjects. Teachers from across disciplines and grade levels will share their teaching ideas in multiple breakout sessions, maintaining a teachers teaching teachers model to creatively meet the Common Core Standards. CCSS addressed will include CC.K-12.W.R.1-10, CC.K-12.R.I.1-10, and CC.K-12.W.1-10.

To highlight this interdisciplinarity across grade levels, we are also pleased to announce our keynote speaker: Troy Hicks. Professor Dr. Troy Hicks is an associate professor of English at Central Michigan University and focuses his work on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology, and teacher education and professional development. A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K–12 colleagues and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms. Hicks directs CMU's Chippewa River Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, and he frequently conducts professional development workshops related to writing and technology. Hicks is author of the Heinemann titles Crafting Digital Writing (2013) and The Digital Writing Workshop (2009) as well as a co-author of Because Digital Writing Matters (Jossey-Bass, 2010) and Create, Compose, Connect (Eye on Education/Routledge, 2014) in addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters.

Read more about the 2015 EIWP Institute Day



"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)

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