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Iowa Writing Project

Summer Institutes and Workshops

Iowa Writing Project institutes and workshops are designed for K–College practicing teachers, any discipline. Special tuition rate for teachers: $150 per unit of graduate credit — compared to the regular tuition rate of $448 per unit of graduate credit.

Please note that graduate credit may not apply to all degree programs. Consult your specific program advisor.

Prerequisite for all IWP credit-bearing activities: teacher licensure or consent of the instructor and/or IWP Director.

Click on the workshop titles below to learn more, including dates and locations.

IWP Initiative 2017-18
Teacher Leadership in a Common Core Era


With federal SEED funding through the National Writing Project, the Iowa Writing Project invites participants to a special Level II institute exploring contemporary teacher leadership. Teachers who have participated in at least Level I of IWP, and who are relatively early in their careers as teachers or at least as teacher leaders, may register for one of the positions in a year-long study of teacher leadership/stewardship in the common/Iowa core era and context. Much of your participation will occur in face-to-face sessions; part of it will occur on line.

The initiative calendar will begin with a session July 27 - 28, 2017 at UNI. The group will then meet quarterly during the school year (dates to be determined in July) and sustain interaction on line between the quarterly sessions, leading to a culminating 1-week session June 18-22 2018 (the MA: TESS June ’18 course). Quarterly weekend sessions may be held in different places depending on the geographic distribution of participants. It will be crucial for everyone to participate in all sessions.

IWP Level II carries 3 semester hours of graduate credit at a cost of $150 per credit hour ($450 total) plus a $50 materials fee. This Level II qualifies as the IWP Level II for candidates in the MA:TESS program, including those in the new cohort launched summer 2017. Registration will be for fall semester 2017, though the course will not be completed and grades recorded until June 2018. TESS candidates registering for both Milestone Studies in the Teaching of English and IWP Level II for fall semester (6 hrs. total) should qualify for financial aid

Appropriate professional literature, provided on site and on line, will fuel sharing and exploration of leadership/stewardship experiences and challenges brought by participants as they pursue professional practices congruent with IWP principles and beliefs. A major goal will be to foster, regarding teacher leadership responsibilities and stewardship aspirations, the kind of collegial study and support IWP institutes have long brought to teaching writing and using writing to learn. Expect a comparable experience with an added focus; expect the same attention to teacher experience, in part as processed by writing.

Registration occurs through UNI Continuing Education. A link to registration appears below and on the IWP web page at: www.uni.edu/iwp   IWP veterans should use this information to promote participation by eligible colleagues. If you have participated in IWL Level II before but not the initiative on teacher leadership, you are eligible.

Register: ENGLISH 6233 IWP Level 2:
https://continuinged.uni.edu/distance/courses/summer-2017/31394-english-6233-61

 

English 5133 Writing to Learn in Social Studies – An IWP Workshop

Approach literacy expectations in the new Iowa social studies standards from a foundation of exemplary work with writing as a learning mode. Expect collegial, collaborative work on uses of writing to: foster close reading and discussion; develop questions and plan inquiries; apply disciplinary concepts and tools; evaluate sources and use evidence; communicate conclusions and take informed action. Attend to teacher leadership for improved learning in social studies.

(2 hrs. graduate credit; $150 per hr.)
Instructors: Erin Miller (Ames CSD) and Jim Davis, IWP
Schedule: 5 days - July 27-28 (UNI campus) & 3 Saturdays fall semester (dates & place TBD).

Learning goals: Participants will –

  • Become familiar with content and implications of the 2017 Iowa Social Studies Standards (ISSS);
  • Understand significant facets of professional, societal and political contexts for the implementation of the new ISSS;
  • Explore implications of the ISSS for their programs and course curricula;
  • Explore implications of the ISSS for social studies pedagogy;
  • Plan, conduct and share reflective inquiries into ISSS implementation efforts;
  • Consider implications of the ISSS for teacher leadership in social studies.

Supported writing expectations (some of what will be asked; adjusted as workshop unfolds):

  • Interpretive reviews of selected segments of Standards;
  • Reviews of professional articles projecting applications in practice;
  • Supported arguments regarding issues in Standards implementation;
  • Document-based questions to guide workshop discussions;
  • “In progress” reflections on discussions, activities, etc.;
  • PAR (Plan, Act Reflect) Inquiry Plans for implementation/application pilots;
  • Summative report on personal experience/use of the workshop.

To register:
https://continuinged.uni.edu/distance/courses/summer-2017/31403-english-41335133-61

English 5133 Coaching as/for Reflective Practice: Learning from Writing (Workshop)
Participants engage perspectives on and approaches to instructional coaching, with particular emphasis on reflective practice and what can be learned through writing and sharing in a collaborative relationship and an inquiry approach. Expect to: read and discuss; reflect and share; plan and apply.

(2 hrs. graduate credit; $150 per hr.)
Instructors: Brad Weidenaar (Marshalltown CSD) & Jim Davis, Director, IWP (UNI)

Schedule: 5 days – July 31-Aug.1 (UNI campus) & 3 Saturdays fall semester (TBD).

Learning goals: Participants will –

  • Explore emerging scholarship on instructional coaching as teacher leadership;
  • Deepen experience with and understanding of reflection through writing;
  • Explore personal experiences as instructional coaches/teacher leaders;
  • Engage collaboratively with issues and practices inherent in instructional coaching and teacher leadership;
  • Plan, conduct and share reflective inquiries into personal practices as instructional coaches/teacher leaders;
  • Build/refine a professional support network of practitioner colleagues.

Presentation expectations:

  • Self-introduction as a developing, experienced professional;
  • Interpretations and discussion facilitation for selected readings;
  • PAR cycle discoveries/reflections;
  • Individual workshop synthesis..

Writing expectations (some of what will be asked, with adjustments as workshop unfolds):

  • Reflective “memoirs” of specific coaching/leadership experiences;
  • Interpretations and syntheses of reading experiences;
  • Supported positions statements on issues and practices in coaching/leadership;
  • “In progress” reflections on discussions, activities, etc.;
  • PAR (Plan, Act, Reflect) Inquiry Plans for implementation/application pilots;
  • Summative report on personal experience/use of the workshop.

To register:
https://continuinged.uni.edu/distance/courses/fall-2017/55346-english-41335133-60

Iowa Writing Project 2017 Sessions

The Iowa Writing Project is continuing its summer workshops and institutes to promote teacher education and learning ways to use writing to enhance student learning across disciplines. See the following list of IWP events to find a session that you can attend to continue the process of engaging students and achieving success.

IWP Level I (Initial Level Institute)
With colleagues, focus on teaching writing and using writing to enhance learning across disciplines; explore your own teaching by reading and discussing professional literature and shared practice; write, reflect upon and share your writing to inform and support teaching and self-advocacy; build your own pedagogy and philosophy.
Term: Summer 2017 – 3 Hr. course
Schedule: June 12-30, M-F 8:00 a.m.-3:00p.m.
Location: 1017 Bartlett Hall, UNI campus
Instructors: Anne Weir, IWP Co-Director; Jim Davis, IWP Director
Cost: $150 per unit; $450 total

Note: Part of MA:TESS program; enrollment NOT limited to the cohort.
For more re IWP: Jim Davis - 319-273-3842; james.davis@uni..edu; www.uni.edu/iwp

To register: ENGLISH 6233 IWP Level 1:
https://continuinged.uni.edu/distance/courses/summer-2017/31256-english-6233-60

IWP Level II (Advanced Workshop)
The workshop is part of but not limited to the MA:TESS program for the 2017 Cohort. Scheduled for 2 days in late July, 4 Saturdays during the 2017-18 school year, and one week in June 2018; extends Level I institute work with a special emphasis on teacher leadership; allows for teacher-leader inquiry cycles between sessions during the school year. (3 hrs. grad. credit; $150 per hr.)
Instructors: Anne Weir & Kirstey Ewald
Dates: July 27-28, 2017 +4 Saturdays during the academic year & June 18-22 2018.
Register: ENGLISH 6233 IWP Level 2:
https://continuinged.uni.edu/distance/courses/summer-2017/31394-english-6233-61

Teaching Deliberately: Writing and Civic Literacy (workshop)
Participants explore deliberative public dialogue as a way to promote, in schools and in communities, civic learning about and civil engagement with potentially divisive public issues. Approaches to civic engagement offer processes and curriculum for civic education. (2 hrs. graduate credit; $150 per hr.)
Location: ISEA/CWUU, 4211 Glass Road NE Suite E1, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Dates: July 10-12, 2017 plus two Saturdays during fall semester. Instr. Jim Davis
Register: ENGLISH 5133-Teaching Deliberatively:
https://continuinged.uni.edu/distance/courses/summer-2017/31393-english-5133-60

Coaching as/for Reflective Practice: Learning from Writing (Workshop)
Participants engage perspectives on and approaches to instructional coaching, with particular emphasis on reflective practice and what can be learned through writing and sharing in a collaborative relationship and inquiry approach. Participants expect to: read and discuss; reflect and share; plan and apply. (2 hrs. graduate credit; $150 per hr.)
Instructors: Brad Weidenaar and Jim Davis
Schedule: July31- Aug.1 (UNI campus) +3 Saturdays fall semester-TBD.
To register:    (forthcoming)

Writing to Learn in Social Studies
Approach literacy expectations in the new social studies standards from a foundation of exemplary work with writing as a learning mode. Expect collegial, collaborative work on uses of writing to: develop questions and plan inquiries; apply disciplinary concepts and tools; evaluate sources and use evidence; communicate conclusions and take informed action. Also expect attention to teacher leadership for improvement of learning in social studies. (2 hrs. graduate credit; $150 per hr.)
Instructors: Erin Miller and Jim Davis
Schedule: 2 days July 27-28, 2017 (UNI campus) +3 Saturdays fall semester – TBD.
To register:     (forthcoming)

All activities will be posted on the IWP website: www.uni.edu/iwp

Also promoted by ICTE & ISEA

Iowa Writing Project Level I Institute
English 6233 Workshop: The Teaching of Writing and Learning
3 Sem. Hrs. Graduate Credit

With colleagues, focus on teaching writing and on using writing to enhance learning across disciplines; explore your own teaching by reading and discussing professional literature and shared practice; write, reflect upon and share your writing to inform and support teaching and self-advocacy.

Term: Summer 2017
Time: June 12-30, 2017
            Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1017 Bartlett Hall, UNI campus
Instructors: Anne Weir, IWP Co-Director; Jim Davis, IWP Director
Cost: $150 per credit hour; $450 total
Note: This course is part of the MA:TESS program for members of the 2017 cohort; enrollment is NOT limited to the cohort.
For more information about the course and IWP
, contact Jim Davis at 319-273-3842 or james.davis@uni.edu
For more information about registration contact Carolina Wilson, Continuing and Distance Education
Phone: 800-648-3864 or 319-273-2121
Email: Carolina.Wilson@uni.edu

To register: ENGLISH 6233 IWP Level 1:
https://continuinged.uni.edu/distance/courses/summer-2017/31256-english-6233-60

 

$450 for 3 units graduate credit, plus $50 materials fee

(IWP Level I Institute): Open to teachers K-college, all disciplines.

Meeting daily for three weeks, participants in this workshop focus on teaching writing, and on using writing to enhance student learning across disciplines, by exploring their own teaching and by reading and discussing professional literature; they also write, reflect upon, and share their writing in order to refine professional practice.

A special private grant supports the institute and underwrites tuition for two hours of UNI graduate credit for 25 participants (preference to teams). As an alternative to UNI credit, participants may enroll for license renewal credit. Priority for tuition-free participation is given to interdisciplinary teams (pairs) of teachers from the same school.

Prior IWP participation is NOT required.

This one-week (plus 2 weekend follow-up sessions) workshop builds on the National Issues Forums Institute approach to public deliberation, adapted to classroom and school-community uses through IWP’s unique professional learning approaches. Participants learn how to convene, moderate, record and report on public issue deliberative forums, how to frame local issues for deliberation, and how to bring issue exploration and deliberation into school curriculum and community life. The pedagogy increases potential for greater civility in classrooms, schools, communities and society.

$450 for 3 units graduate credit, plus $50 materials fee

(IWP Level II Institute)

Teachers who have participated in at least Level I of IWP will engage in a year-long study of teacher leadership/stewardship for writing and learning in a common core era and in the context of their work. Appropriate professional literature will fuel sharing and exploration, through reflective writing and collegial interaction, of leadership/stewardship experiences and challenges encountered by participants.