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Professional Development

Institute Day

SAVE THE DATE! The Sixth Annual Institute Day will be held on Oct. 17, 2014. 

This fall, teachers will gather in the Doudna Fine Arts Center on the campus of Eastern Illinois University to attend the Eastern Illinois Writing Project and The Teaching with Primary Source Project at EIU Institute Day. This free Institute Day runs from 8:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. and 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. Participants may earn up to 5 Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) toward teacher certificationrenewal. Students are welcome to attend, as well!

The 2014 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 break-out sessions, maintaining a teachers teaching teachers model to creatively meet the Common Core Standards.

To highlight this interdisciplinarity across grade levels, we are also pleased to announce our keynote speaker: Nancy Steineke! Nancy Steineke is a 25-year veteran of the teaching profession and works with Dr. Harvey Daniels each summer at the Walloon Institute, offering seminars for teachers, administrators, parent leaders, and their families. She has witnessed firsthand the potential of collaborative, performance-based learning in extending knowledge and shares some of her expertise in multiple books, including Assessment Alive!, Mini-Lessons for Literature Circles (co-written with Harvey Daniels), Content-Area Writing: Every Teachers Guide (with Harvey Daniels and Steve Zemelman), and Reading and Writing Together: Collaborative Literacy in Action.

During the 2014 Institute Day, Ms. Steineke will be talking about “Conquering the Standards: Using Nonfiction for Reading, Writing, Arguing, and Collaboration.” Her keynote will help teachers improve students’ skills in Common Core areas such as the following:

·  Close reading

·  Reading complex text

·  Participating in effective collaborative discussions

·  Integrating & evaluating content presented in diverse formats

·  Developing arguments that reflect valid reasoning and evidence

Her address will explore nonfiction reading and writing, multi-genre text sets, and structured argumentation to address these skills.

Join us for the Sixth Annual Institute Day! Registration is now open! You can also download the brochure here.

General Information & Past Institute Days 

Each fall, teachers gather at Coleman Hall on the campus of Eastern Illinois University to attend the Eastern Illinois Writing Project and The Teaching with Primary Source Project at EIU Institute Day program. This free Institute Day runs from 8:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. and 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.

Participants may earn up to 5 Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) toward teacher certification renewal. Students are welcome to attend, as well!

The programs for the 2013 and 2012 Institute Days will give you an idea of the types of opportunities that you can expect each year.

  • 2013 Eastern Illinois Writing Project and The Teaching with Primary Source Project at EIU Institute Day, "Teaching with Primary Sources, Literacy, Diversity, and the Common Core Standards Across the Curriculum." - View the program here.

  • 2012 Eastern Illinois Writing Project and The Teaching with Primary Source Project at EIU Institute Day, "Creative Teaching That 
Meets the Standards: 
Integrating Reading and Writing 
Throughout the Curriculum." View the program here

For more information, please email Robin Murray at rlmurray@eiu.edu.


 

Workshop Series

The EIWP workshop series will provide 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 will show creative ways to integrate reading and writing throughout the curriculum—and still meet the Illinois Common Core Standards. Come try out a variety of assignments you can use with your students!

Each session will include demonstrations of strategies, participant writing, and time to brainstorm applications to various content areas/topics. Participants will receive CPDUs (two per session, six per semester).

Most sessions will be conducted by practicing teachers who have taken part in previous EIWP Summer Institutes.

Upcoming workshops will be announced here as soon as they are scheduled.

Current & Past Workshops:

  • Winter 2013/Spring 2014 - "Professional Development in the Martinsville Schools: Language Arts Common Core." The EIWP Professional Development Program in the Martinsville Schools builds on the district’s assets: a strong commitment to authentic literacy instruction and new technology resources with which to work. Because Illinois has adopted the Common Core Standards, which promote more writing in every discipline, helping teachers of all subject areas teach writing and reading across the curriculum and across grade levels has become more important than ever before.

The emphasis on literacy instruction in social studies, the sciences, technology, and, of course, k-12 English language arts presents a particular need and opportunity for EIWP and the Martinsville Schools. With help from our teacher leaders, the Martinsville teacher will be more able to navigate changes from the Illinois State Standards to the new Common Core.

The program plan currently includes six in-service half day writing to learn and writing and reading across the curriculum workshops; a full-day Institute Day on the campus of Eastern Illinois University; professional development reading groups focused on Content Area Writing: Every Teachers’ Guide, Digital Writing Matters, and works focused on the writing and reading workshop from Nancie Atwell and Ralph Fletcher. There will be opportunities for teachers to write and share their writing through journaling and group action projects.

Design of the Series: Sessions will be conducted by practicing teachers who have taken part in EIWP Summer Institutes. Each session will include demonstrations of strategies, participant writing, and time to brainstorm applications to various grade levels/content areas/topics. Sessions will include discussion of a professional book about the teaching of writing. (Each participant will receive a copy.)  Participants will receive one CPDU per contact hour.

  • Spring 2013 - "Creative Teaching That Meets the Standards: Integrating Reading and Writing Throughout the Curriculum" held at Sullivan High School. View the pamphlet here.