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February 27, 2018
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BOSTON WRITING PROJECT SUMMER INSTITUTE: Exploring Cultural Identities Through Writing at UMASS Boston

July 9, 2018 – July 19, 2018
Mondays – Thursdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

This summer, the Boston Writing Project will offer a two-week summer institute in which educators will explore the themes of race, culture, gender issues, language, and the immigrant experience, as they connect to their own identities and to the teaching of writing. The institute will be designed to create a safe and brave space for teachers to explore ideas and share experiences around these themes that are central to navigating the climate of change in our educational system.

Components of the institute will include reflective writing and sharing, as well as discussion of relevant readings. In addition, twice weekly, we will conduct visits to diverse destinations in Boston to use as settings and prompts for our own writing.

The institute is open to 10 teachers of writing from all grade levels, in all subject areas, and from all types of schools. The facilitators are teachers from various schools in Massachusetts and will serve as thinking partners and co-learners with participants. Meetings will take place at UMASS Boston and in several cultural destinations throughout the greater Boston area.

Each participant will receive a stipend of $300. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to earn three graduate credits from the College of Education and Human Development at UMass Boston.

APPLICATIONS
To apply online for this program, please go the Boston Project website, http://blogs.umb.edu/bostonwritingproject/, or email dominique_herard@psbma.org for a link to the application.

Applications are due on April 6, 2018 by 6pm, and notifications will be received by mid-April.

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February 10, 2014
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Invitational Summer Institute

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Summer Institute fellows at work

Each Summer the BWP awards a select group of fellowships in the teaching of writing. Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas, K-12, are invited to apply. Visit our application page or download application in Word Document format.

The intensive multi-week seminar assists teachers in developing individual and classroom writing practices. Teachers share their writing in small groups and present aspects of composing which they view as valuable in their respective classroom contexts.

Other Institutes and Courses

Participants can deepen their understanding of writing pedagogy and practice in specialized areas such as: ELL, poetry, content area writing, writing for publication, and multiculturalism. As part of the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing in the Schools, teams of teachers conduct inquiry based research.

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January 1, 2011
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Professional Development

 

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Co-Director Peter Golden Leading Fellows

Additional Ways the BWP Can Work with Teachers and Schools

Coaching
A BWP teacher consultant will work one-on-one with select teachers in a process whereby the writing project teacher would identify aims and questions at an initial meeting, conduct a classroom observation, and then have a post-visit conversation providing feedback to the practitioner

After School Writing and Response Group
A chance for teachers to meet on a regular basis with a BWP facilitator to share their own writing and provide feedback to each other on writing pieces.

Teacher Inquiry Group
Teachers use a classroom inquiry model to identify an educational concern that they want to observe in their classrooms. They meet regularly over the course of a year to write, pose questions, research and discuss.

Graduate Courses Provided On-Site for Schools, Districts, or Collaboratives

The Boston Writing Project offers on-site three-credit graduate courses for up to twenty-five teachers, support staff, and administrators from a school, district, or collaborative. Sites can opt to purchase a single course or the entire fifteen-credit Certificate in the Teaching of Writing in the Schools. Graduate credits will be awarded through the Continuing Education Program at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

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January 1, 2011
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Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing

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Summer Institute Fellow fellow writing

Program

This fifteen-credit certificate program is designed for K-12 teachers and administrators in all subject areas who want to learn strategies to strengthen students’ writing and thinking skills, develop expertise in teaching writing and literacy across the curriculum, gain a deeper understanding of literacy learning, and improve their own writing. Participants will examine current readings in composition, literacy and writing pedagogy, share successful teaching practices, develop and implement curriculum, and document the effects of their teaching by collecting and analyzing student work.

The Boston Writing Project (BWP) is part of UMass Boston’s Institute for Learning and Teaching (ILT), located in the College of Education and Human Development. An affiliated site of the federally-funded National Writing Project (NWP), the BWP has provided comprehensive instruction in the teaching of writing since 1979. Courses draw on the NWP “teachers teaching teachers” model, which research and assessment have demonstrated to be among the most effective methods for creating authentic, lasting improvements in curriculum, learning, and teaching.

Certificate Requirements

The following three core courses (totaling 9 credits) are required:

BWPEDU 501, Teacher as Writer, in which educators work on crafting their own writing in order to better understand the complexities student writers face.
EDU G 621, Teaching Writing K-12 covers practical classroom applications of composition theory.
EDU G 689, Teacher Research, a course in classroom inquiry, in which teachers reflect on their own practices in a systematic way and draft professional articles.

Participants also select two elective courses (6 additional credits) which may include:

BWPEDU 501, Writing in the Content Areas (Middle and High School)
BWPEDU 530, Teaching and Writing Poetry: K-12
BWPEDU 596, Independent Study
BWPEDU 597, Special Topics

Faculty

Instructors are practicing teachers with a minimum of five years classroom teaching experience, master’s degrees or doctorates and extensive staff development experience. They are teachers and writers whose areas of expertise include composition, special education, early literacy, reading, writing in the content areas, and ELL education. Their common ground is their affiliation with the Boston Writing Project and the shared NWP philosophy of teachers teaching teachers.

Schedule, Location, and Cost

Courses and institutes are offered as intensive two and four-week summer sessions and evening or weekend courses during the fall and spring semesters. They may be held at on or off-campus locations. Some institutes offer stipends or tuition waivers.

Applications and Additional Information

Applicants must be practicing teachers or administrators. A master’s degree is preferred. Pre-service teachers may be admitted to one or more of the courses if space is available.

Applicants may be able to transfer up to six credits from previous BWP courses (completed within the past seven years).

If you are interested in applying to the program, you may apply online through Graduate School Admissions to the Boston Writing Project.* Applications should include a letter of intent declaring your interest in the BWP Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Literacy and Writing. The application process also requires that all undergraduate and graduate transcripts be submitted as part of your application along with an application fee of $40 for in-state residents and $60 for out-of-state applications.

(*You can also make a Graduate Academic Information Request by following the above link and clicking on request materials be mailed to you and then clicking on graduate information request form .)

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October 23, 2010
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History and Development

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University of Massachusetts Boston

Founded in 1979, the Boston Writing Project (BWP) is a program of the Institute for Learning and Teaching (ILT) in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. The goal of the BWP is to work with schools and teachers to improve the teaching and learning of writing in Massachusetts classrooms, K-College. To further this goal, the BWP has conducted annual summer institutes, inservice programs and a graduate certificate program in the teaching of writing for a wide variety of urban and suburban schools and teachers.

In all BWP activities, teachers write and examine their writing processes as well as those of their colleagues and students. The teaching of writing is approached in a cross-disciplinary context which focuses on current research, theory, and exemplary practice.

The BWP is a local affiliate of the National Writing Project (NWP), the nation’s largest and most successful professional development organization for teachers of writing. The NWP, begun in 1974, now has more than 200 university-based writing project sites that span all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, providing professional development and leadership opportunities to more than 100,000 K-16 educators every year.Multiple assessments and evaluations have found the NWP/BWP professional development model to be highly effective in improving the teaching of writing by its impact on students, teachers, and schools. Both NWP and BWP have been repeatedly recognized for excellence and for the success of their efforts.

The Boston Writing Project focuses on the core mission of improving the teaching of writing and improving the use of writing across the disciplines by offering high-quality professional development programs for educators, at all grade levels, K–16 and across the curriculum. The BWP shares a national program model that includes

  • developing a leadership cadre of local teachers who have participated in invitational summer institutes in the teaching of writing
  • delivering customized inservice programs for local schools and institutions
  • providing continuing education and research opportunities for teachers.

In addition, BWP sponsors a four-week Summer Writing Project for middle and high school students. The BWP is housed in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and is constituted as a school/university partnership that identifies, celebrates, and enhances the professional role of successful classroom teachers.

March 15, 2017
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Boston Writing Project Summer Institute 2017

BOSTON WRITING PROJECT SUMMER INSTITUTE:
Exploring Cultural Identity Through Writing
at UMASS/Boston

July 24, 2017 – August 3, 2017
Mondays – Thursdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

This summer, the Boston Writing Project will offer a two-week summer institute in which educators can explore themes of race, culture, identity, and language in their own lives and in the teaching of writing. The institute will be designed to create a safe space for teachers to explore ideas and share experiences around these themes that are central to navigating the climate of change in our educational system.

Components of the institute will include, reflective writing and sharing, as well as discussion of relevant readings. In addition, twice weekly, we will conduct visits to diverse destinations in Boston to use as settings and prompts for our own writing.

The institute is open to 15 teachers of writing from all grade levels, in all subject areas, and from all types of schools. The facilitators are teachers from various schools in Massachusetts and will serve as thinking partners and co-learners with participants. Meetings will take place at UMASS Boston and throughout the greater Boston area. Each participant will receive a stipend of $500. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to earn three graduate credits from the College of Education and Human Development at UMass Boston, tuition free (University fees, however, will apply).

APPLICATIONS

If you are interested in this program please fill out the on-line application.

Applications are due on April 1, 2017, and notifications will be received by mid-April.

January 31, 2016
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2015 Invitational Summer Institute Fellows


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BWP convened its 35th annual summer invitational institute at the University of Massachusetts – Boston during the month of July.

Twelve teachers from various grades and school systems met four days a week from 9:00 to 3:30 to examine their teaching, their writing and the research on both. During the coming school year, they will join with Fellows from previous institutes and continue their explorations.

This year’s Fellows:

Phyllis Benjamin, Countryside School in Newton

Amy Bucelewicz, Boston Latin Academy

Jeff Cipriani, Orchard Gardens School, Boston

Daphne Fay, Waltham High School

Mary Grady, West Roxbury Academy, Boston

Lauren McGonagle, Salemwood Middle School

Sarah Poulin, North Quincy High School

Bridget Ross, Wilson Middle school, Boston

Jenny Tak, Lexington High School

Josh Tetenbaum, Snowden High School, Boston

Randyl Wilkerson, Gardner Pilot Academy, Boston

 

In addition, BWP hosted a foreign school guest:

Marina Lin of the International Bilingual School at Hsinchu Science Park in Taiwan.

September 16, 2014
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2014 Invitational Summer Institute Fellows


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BWP convened its 34th annual summer invitational institute at the University of Massachusetts – Boston from July 7 through 24, 2014.

Eleven teachers from various grades and school systems met four days a week from 9:00 to 3:30 to examine their teaching, their writing and the research on both. During the coming school year they will join with Fellows from previous institutes and continue their explorations.

This year’s Fellows:

Marcella Anderson from Brookline HS

Michael DeClemente from Andrews Middle School, Medford

Alliberthe Elysee from Higginson Elementary, Boston

Carol Marshall from Hingham HS

Julia McDonald from Cambridge Rindge+Latin

Cindy Meunkel from Harvard-Kent Elementary, Boston

Elizabeth Pruett from Village School, Marblehead

Annmarie Rad from Veterans Memorial, Gloucester

Julia Rocco from Brookline HS

Molly Ross from Salemwood School, Malden

Dan Tobin Rindge Ave. Upper, Cambridge

September 15, 2014
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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In partnership with LRNG Innovation—an offshoot of John Legend’s Show Me Campaign—and the MacArthur Foundation, the National Writing Project and Educator Innovator will be sponsoring a LRNG Innovation Challenge, investing in teams of teachers who are working to expand the time and space students have to create, explore, and follow their interests and passions.

September 15, 2014
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Thursday, September 04, 2014
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Project Write—Inspire Me!, a joint initiative of Independence National Historical Park and the Philadelphia Writing Project, took 20 high school students on a historical tour of Philadelphia to encourage them to write their own stories.

September 1, 2014
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2014 Connected Educator Month

Tuesday, September 02, 2014
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Connected Educator Month takes place again this year in October. The month-long collaboration of dozens of organizations focuses hundreds of online events on connecting educators with online communities and learning networks. For the month, NWP along with partners from the Educator Innovator Initiative, will be leading a theme around, “Student Agency, Voice, and the Maker Movement.”

August 29, 2014
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Writing and Technology Workshop by Local Site Inspires Students

Thursday, July 17, 2014
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This two-week summer workshop by the Great Valley Writing Project mentored local k-12 students in creative writing and website and multimedia creation, providing platforms for students to publish their works for real audiences.

August 29, 2014
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Reading, Thinking, And Writing About History

Monday, July 21, 2014
Type: NWP Book
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August 29, 2014
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Teachers Gain Fresh Perspective Through Writing Marathon

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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