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The EIWP Summer Institute

The 2015 Eastern Illinois Writing Project Summer Institute 2015 was held from June 16-July 9. The teachers met from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday in Coleman Hall on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and explored the community during their weekly writing crawls.

Each Invitational Summer Institute kicks off with 15-16 dedicated teachers coming together to learn, teach, and celebrate writing. The Summer Institute provides opportunities for these teachers to celebrate writing and reading across the curriculum at all grade levels, while helping teaching build a community of peers, design and develop writing and reading programs to meet their and their colleagues’ needs.

Activities include formal and informal writing workshops, teaching demonstrations, reading and research, small and large group discussions, coaching sessions with directors and teaching consultants, and celebrating reading and writing for all of the power and potential they possess.

New this year! 2015 Summer Writing Workshops for K-12 Teachers Across the Curriculum: These workshops were held on Friday, June 19 and Friday, June 26, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. They served teachers across disciplines and grade levels and include workshops focused on reading informational texts, writing to learn, writers’ workshop, and integrating technology into literacy across the curriculum. CCSS addressed included CC.K-12.W.R.1-10, CC.K-12.R.I.1-10, and CC.K-12.W.1-10.

The EIWP workshop series provided teachers the opportunity to read professionally, participate in small and whole group discussions, learn and practice new teaching strategies that will ultimately improve student writing and learning. This series showed creative ways to integrate reading and writing throughout the curriculum—and still meet the Illinois Common Core Standards. The workshops provided a variety of assignments teachers can use with their students. Each session included demonstrations of strategies, participant writing, and time to brainstorm applications to various content areas/topics. Resource were shared to encourage both classroom and school-wide changes.

Educators from all disciplines in grades K-16 are invited to attend our EIWP Summer Institute. If you would enjoy participating in our Summer Institute, complete the application by clicking the link below and contact Robin Murray (rlmurray@eiu.edu). Please provide her with your name, teaching position and e-mail address.

For more information about our Invitational Summer Institute, please see the latest EIWP Summer Institute Pamphlet. The Resources for Teachers page provides links to anthologies, teaching demonstrations and writing assignments presented during previous EIWP Summer Institutes.

What is it like to attend the Summer Institute? View the photo slideshows of the 2015 Summer Institute  and 2014 Summer Institute to find out!

Apply to the Summer Institute here!


Benefits for Teachers

  • Six hours of graduate tuition waived (fees not included).

  • $500 stipend for SI and continued growth as a teacher leader.

  • Becoming part of a professional community of teachers. 

Daily/Weekly Activities

  • Participating in writing activities for personal and professional growth.

  • Sharing teaching ideas.

  • Diving into reading and research.

  • Joining small and large group discussions.

  • Participating Coaching sessions with directors and teaching consultants.

  • Collaborating on a group proposal.

  • Building a community of learners and professionals.

  • Having fun!

The Summer Institute provides opportunities for teachers to celebrate writing and reading across the curriculum!

Meeting Place: Third Floor, Coleman Hall, EIU

The post-institute day will be during our Back-to-School Conference for a fun celebration and get-together! For more information contact: Robin L. Murray, 217-549-0199, rlmurray@eiu.edu.