2014 Summer Institute


Thank you for an amazing Summer Institute 2014!


View our summer 2014 slideshow!


The 2015 Summer Institute will take place from June 16-July 9. The teachers will meet from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday in Coleman Hall on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.


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



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!