CDWP Invitational Summer Institute

During the Capital District Writing Project’s annual two-week Invitational Summer Institute, participants immerse themselves in their own writing and in the study of effective teaching. For two weeks in July, participants study current research and theory, engage in lesson study, join a writing group, and engage in collaborative inquiry. Upon successful completion of the Institute, participants will receive CTLE hours and a digital badge.

We welcome educators from all content areas and all grade levels, not just the English Language Arts. Our network includes elementary teachers, social studies teachers, community-based educators, college instructors, science teachers, special education teachers, speech pathologists, and literacy specialists, among others. What we have in common is our belief in the value of writing and a spirit of inquiry.

The learning doesn't stop when the Institute ends. Participants join an extended community of teacher leaders who have participated in past CDWP institutes. They participate in follow-up seminars throughout the school year and have opportunities to engage in varied regional and national professional learning opportunities.

Here is what past participants have said about their experience in the Invitational Summer Institute: 

  • “I gained so much from the Invitational Summer Institute, including practical strategies and protocols which are going to enhance my instruction, in addition to a network of allies, fellow educators who will be there to support me when I need it. I am leaving the Institute inspired, energized, and confident.”
  • “I need to know more!  A fire has been lit and doors have been opened.  I am curious and inquisitive.  My next learning step is to dive deeper into the content I provide for my students so they may have meaningful educational experiences.”
  • “The lesson study has really opened my eyes to what a writing lesson can be. It made me consider that idea of ‘writing as praxis’ and how focusing on writing in and of itself for a lesson (not just the product you end up with) is so valuable to instill in students/teaching/lessons.”

Interested in applying for the Invitational Summer Institute? Questions? Email us at [email protected].