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!
For more information, please email Robin Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dates for the 2014 Institute Day will be announced here. In the meantime, 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.
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:
Fall 2013 (in progress) - "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.