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The Spartanburg Writing Project (SWP) is now accepting applications from teachers interested in participating in the 29th annual Invitational Summer Institute of the Spartanburg Writing Project. The Summer Institute will be held:
Participants are accepted by invitation or application only. Click here for application submission information. Application deadline: Application Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2013.
Please Note:**In addition to the four-week Summer Institute, participants are required to attend two pre-institute meetings on Thursday, April 11 and Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 4:00-7:00pm, and an institute follow-up meeting in October 2013. The registration fee/tuition is $150.***ALL applicants MUST attend an interview session on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.The interview is designed to give applicants a chance to learn more about the ISI, and to provide the SWP Leadership Team with more information about your teaching.
Applicants should be experienced educators from kindergarten through the university level with an interest in exploring their own writing and improving writing instruction in their own classrooms. Participants are expected to assume leadership roles in local educational and professional development programs following their involvement with the Summer Institute. Because the writing project is committed to the integration of literacy strategies across the curriculum, we encourage teachers of all grade levels and content areas to apply.
This intense professional development experience is unlike any you have encountered and provides invaluable strategies for improving literacy and writing instruction in classrooms across the curriculum.Teachers may attend by application and invitation only.
The individual registration fee for the course is $150. The Invitational Summer Institute 2013 is co-sponsored by The Spartanburg Writing Project, USC Upstate and the Spartanburg County and Union County school districts. Participants can earn six hours of graduate credit at no tuition cost. Twenty-five outstanding teachers representing elementary, middle or junior high, high school and college will be selected as 2013 Fellows.
The 2013 SWP Summer Institute is an Invitational Program. Please download the application and review all requirements carefully. In addition to the application, letter of intent, and letter of recommendation, there is a required interview on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Interviews last approximately 20 minutes and will be scheduled at intervals between 4 and 6pm.
You may also download the Word version of the ISI application. Applications can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, via fax at 864-503-5825, or via mail to USC Upstate, HPAC 205, 800 University Way, Spartanburg, SC 29303 no later than Friday, February 1, 2013.
The Spartanburg Writing Project is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a national model for professional development with more than 200 sites across the United States and the world.
Please contact Tasha Thomas by email at email@example.com if you have questions.
The Summer Institute is an intensive four-week program in which teachers learn to initiate, respond to, manage and evaluate a wide variety of classroom writing activities as well as work on their own writing. Course objectives include, but are not limited to the following:
As part of the course requirements, participants will:
A typical day in the SWP Summer Institute looks something like this:
Each week, we also take a “field trip” to explore local resources for teaching and writing. Past trips include The Chapman Cultural Center, Hatchers Garden, The Hub City Bookstore, and Carl Sandburg’s home, Connemara, in Flat Rock, NC.
The SWP Summer Institute culminates in an ‘Administrator’s Breakfast,’ during which participants share what they have learned and how this experience will change their teaching with principals, literacy coaches and other teachers from local schools. The final day of the is a ‘Celebration of Writing’ and all that we accomplish during these intense four weeks.
Contact UsTasha A. Thomas, DirectorUSC Upstate800 University WaySpartanburg, SC 29303Office 864-503-5653Fax firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional ResourcesThe National Writing ProjectSC State Council of The International Reading AssociationSC Council of Teachers of EnglishNational Council for Teachers of EnglishSC Department of EducationHub City Writers ProjectSpartanburg Writing Project Blog
The Spartanburg Writing Project is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a national model for professional development with more than 180 sites across the United States and the world.
The University of South Carolina Upstate is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of USC Upstate. Comments or Complaints?