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Ozarks Writing Project Summer Invitational Institute ENG 630 (3-6 graduate hours) June 15-July 10, 2009, 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. M-Th, Orientation: May 2, 2009 Renewal: September 26, 2009 Dr. Keri Franklin Pummill Hall 1J firstname.lastname@example.org office: 417-836-3732/417-224-6192 Melissa Troxell Willard R-II Schools email@example.com cell: 417-459-0548 Casey Daugherty Willow Springs R-IV Schools firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 417-252-4333 Elizabeth Salchow Carthage R-IX Schools email@example.com cell: 816-590-9770
Summer Institute The Ozarks Writing Project is a site of the National Writing Project (NWP) located in Berkeley, California. The Summer Invitational Institute is the core of the Ozarks Writing Project and the National Writing Project model. It operates on three assumptions: (1) Teachers are the best teachers of each other; (2) Teachers must write to understand their students’ writing problems and to enhance their own writing skills; and (3) Teachers from all grade levels and content areas should interact. Participants write formal and informal pieces, share knowledge about composition research and theory, work in small response groups, and develop their skills as leaders in the area of teaching writing. The Ozarks Writing Project mission is to provide teachers of southern Missouri a space to write, both personally and professionally, and to talk with others who want to learn more about the art and science of teaching writing. The Summer Institute is selective in that it encourages the best of the best teachers to apply and then be accepted to the four week summer institute held annually on the Missouri State campus. The summer institute recognizes teachers’ authority and expertise in the world of teaching and asks teachers to demonstrate what they know about teaching writing. Graduates of the summer institute are recognized as “Teacher Consultants” of the National Writing Project and the Ozarks Writing Project and are encouraged to promote writing in their classrooms, their schools, and in their school districts by offering workshops and inservice programs. Because this is not a lecture-style course but a professional development course for teachers, we do not consider ourselves as instructors, but facilitators. If you need supplies or resources, we will be glad to assist you. Summer Institute Components: 1. Attendance, Punctuality, Participation, and Assessment.. We will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. each morning. Beverages and food will always be available by 8:30. Please come a few minutes early to eat, drink, and visit. Please attend the Institute every day, unless an actual emergency prevents your attendance. The stipend will be pro-rated based on attendance. The Writing Project is built on the community of teachers and writers who are collected in this room. If one is gone, we aren’t quite whole. Our four-week schedule is tight. It’s important that you are here. We do expect you to write and bring your writing each and every day.
2 2. Writer’s Notebook. It is suggested you have a 3 to 4-inch binder to organize all institute materials (small group writings, revisions, demonstration materials, responses, writing ideas, tips, etc.) You will submit your Writer’s Notebook, along with a cover letter. As far as assessment goes, we will look for responses to readings, two polished pieces of writing and accompanying drafts, messy drafts of your daily writing that are dated and numbered, writing about your research, and the cover letter. A more detailed explanation of this will provided on the first day of the summer session. Instead of turning in your actual binder, another option is to create an online portfolio using a blog, wiki, or ning that includes your writing from the summer. You can easily upload your demo and other daily writing each day. 3. Small Writing Group. The NWP believes that the best teachers of writing are writers themselves. You will spend four weeks focusing on your writing: a) Commit a minimum of one hour per day (before or after the institute) to write (free writing, scribbling, drafting, revising, messy first drafts, etc.) date, number (and number the drafts), and title all pieces of writing; c) you will meet with your Small Writing Group to share and discuss your writing and revisions. You will need to bring copies for each member of your Small Writing Group and one copy for the facilitators. We will have Author’s Chair. These are times when a Fellow brings a piece that is in process and shares with the entire group.By the end of the institute you should have two polished papers that you have taken through several drafts and shared with your small writing group. You will choose one of these polished pieces will be included in the Anthology. 4. Academic Readings. Fellows in the institute will read, write, and respond to selected books, chapters, and articles. Respond to these briefly, perhaps using our list of response ideas (try a new approach each time and keep these in your Writer’s Notebook). We will discuss these and other pieces during the institute. Be thinking about how these readings relate to your own teaching. We will also provide readings related to demonstration and other areas that we discuss during the institute. It is expected that you will be researching for your demonstration. We can also help you find research related to your demonstration topic. Texts: Breakthroughs, Because Writing Matters, and selected readings. You’ll have something to read each night. 5. Reading Groups: Reading groups will be created based on the research topics you choose. Group members will meet to collaborate, share resources, and discuss. 6. Demonstrations: The demonstrations are the Writing Project's way of tapping what successful teachers have learned about teaching through their everyday teaching experience and reflective practice. You will have an opportunity to present to the group a current effective practice you use to teach writing or a way you use writing to enhance learning. The demonstration will be approximately 90 minutes (60-75 minutes for explanation and activity, which includes writing and sharing, and 15-30 minutes for questions, discussion, and responses). Each person will have a coach who will meet with you: 1. via email before the institute begins; 2. during the institute; 3. the day before your demo; and 4. at any times necessary.
3 In addition, the coach will act as your helper during the demonstration. He/she will help you pass out papers and set-up. The coach will assist you in thinking through the sequence of events in your demo, and s/he will help you to talk through any ideas or questions that you have. What makes an effective demonstration? While there is no absolute formula, the most effective demonstrations in past Summer Institutes have tended to include some or all of the following: (1) Explain, briefly, how your demonstration evolved out of your years of teaching and experimenting, out of the reading you have done, or out of your own thinking and reflecting. In other words, what is the basis for your particular approach to the teaching of writing? What is your theoretical framework? What readings, research, or theories influenced this activity? (2) Involve the participants in some activity. Rather than merely describing an approach, have us try it out. (3) Identify the specific problems your students have with writing, and demonstrate the particular practices you have devised in an attempt to overcome these problems. (4) Use examples of student writing, if you can, to illustrate some point you wish to make or some approach you have found to be effective. If possible, let us see both "pre" and "post" examples of your students' writings, i.e., let us see examples of student writing that demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach you are using in comparison with earlier efforts. (5) Participate in a conversation inspired by your demonstration. 7. Research. This is an opportunity to research an area of particular interest (and it may connect with your Demonstration topic as well). Locate either two books or three to five articles OR some combination of books and articles. Present your findings in written form. This research may also inform your demonstration and your plan of action that you will write at the end of the institute. 8. Anthology. We will put together an anthology of selected pieces of writing completed during the institute. 9. E-Anthology. The NWP E-Anthology is an online forum for summer institute participants to publish their writing and reflections. It is facilitated by experienced writing project teacher-consultants from around the country in coordination with NWP staff. The purpose of E-Anthology is to introduce consultants to the national network of sites, to serve as an online writers' response group and publication site, and to provide a collegial online forum for writing project teachers. Go to https://www.nwp.org/cs/public/register to sign up for NWP Interactive. Please do this by June 1. Larry Neuburger, OWP Technology Liaison will provide directions about accessing E-Anthology after all of the Fellows have registered for NWP Interactive. 10. Technology. We’ll be using the Ozarks Writing Project Ning. If you need technology access for your demonstration, please let us know as soon as possible so we can set that up. 11. Plan of Action. The last day of the Institute, each teacher will identify a plan of action for the upcoming academic year to include
4 a) Professional development plans (inservice and/or conference presentations); b) classroom applications (new teaching strategies you will try); c) personal and/or professional writing (plan to submit one piece for publication). This plan of action will be revisited in September at our Renewal meeting. 12. Fall Renewal. We will meet again on Saturday, September 26, 2009, to reconnect, discuss our writing and teaching, and share our progress on the “Plan of Action.” Please bring examples of student work to share. Non-discrimination Policy Missouri State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, and maintains a grievance procedure available to any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against. At all times, it is your right to address inquiries or concerns about possible discrimination to the Office for Equity and Diversity, Park Central Office Building, 117 Park Central Square, Suite 111, (417) 836-4252. Other types of concerns (i.e., concerns of an academic nature) should be discussed directly with your instructor and can also be brought to the attention of your instructor’s Department Head. Please visit the OED website at www.missouristate.edu/equity/. Accommodations To request academic accommodations for a disability, contact the Director of Disability Services, Plaster Student Union, Suite 405, (417) 836-4192 or (417) 836-6792 (TTY), www.missouristate.edu/disability. Students are required to provide documentation of disability to Disability Services prior to receiving accommodations. Disability Services refers some types of accommodation requests to the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, which also provides diagnostic testing for learning and psychological disabilities. For information about testing, contact the Director of the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, (417) 836-4787, http://psychology.missouristate.edu/ldc. Academic Integrity Missouri State University is a community of scholars committed to developing educated persons who accept the responsibility to practice personal and academic integrity. You are responsible for knowing and following the university’s student honor code, Student Academic Integrity Policies and Procedures, available at www.missouristate.edu/assets/provost/AcademicIntegrityPolicyRev-1-08.pdf and also available at the Reserves Desk in Meyer Library. Any student participating in any form of academic dishonesty will be subject to sanctions as described in this policy. Withdrawal It is your responsibility to understand the University’s procedure for dropping a class. If you stop attending this class but do not follow proper procedure for dropping the class, you will receive a failing grade and will also be financially obligated to pay for the class. For information about dropping a class or withdrawing from the university, contact the Office of the Registrar at 836-5520.
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