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For additional information, please contact Toby Kahn-Loftus, our “A curriculum is a design for Top-of-the-Mitt director, online at: the future.” tobykahnloftus@gmail.com Guenther Kress, Writing the Future: Applications are due March 1, 2013, English and the Making of a Culture of If applying, please let Toby know by Innovationthat your application is in email For 20 years, Red Cedar Writing Project (RCWP), Michigan State University’s site for the progress.

National Writing Project (NWP), has embraced a “teachers teaching teachers” approach to teacher professional development. During the RCWP Invitational Institute, teachers demonstrate for one another promising approaches to teaching writing, focus on their fiction and non-fiction writing, participate in writing groups, identify questions they have related to the teaching and practice of writing, and engage in reading that expands their understanding of literacy pedagogies and policies.

This coming year marks the eighth year of Red Cedar Writing Project’s MSU Satellite Site, Top-of-the-Mitt, a grant funded site of the National Writing Project hosted by North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, Michigan. This year a small group of outstanding teachers of writing who represent a range of grade levels and disciplines will be selected to participate in the Top-of-the-Mitt Invitational Summer Institute. Teachers selected for participation in Top-of-the-Mitt receive a tuition waiver of three MSU graduate credits (AL 842), along with many outstanding professional texts, valuable teaching materials, and models of exemplary lessons. This support is, in essence, a $2,000 grant for each accepted teacher participant. At the conclusion of their work in the invitational institute, these teachers are recognized as Michigan State University RCWP Fellows, and NWP Teacher Consultants (TC’s) –a credential that is recognized in all fifty states and nine foreign countries. As TC’s, many are subsequently invited to share their learning and to conduct workshops on the teaching of reading and writing for their own and other school districts.
This year’s institute is also supported by funding from the Foundation for Teaching and Literacy, a nonprofit foundation whose primary purpose is to receive and administer funds to promote literacy education and support teachers in public schools who work with underserved students.

January 1, 2013 Dear Colleagues:

Top-of-the-Mitt Satellite

We are pleased to invite teachers across Northern Michigan, including the Eastern Upper Peninsula, to apply for our 2013 Summer Institute at the Red Cedar Writing Project’s satellite site, Top-of-the-Mitt. This year, six outstanding teachers of writing from all grade levels and disciplines will be selected to participate in our eighth annual satellite site project of Red Cedar Writing Project, through Michigan State University. The RCWP “Top-Of-The-Mitt” Invitational Summer Institute hosted by North Central Michigan College will convene from Monday, June 24, 2013 through Thursday, July 18, 2013.1 Our 2013 cohort of teachers selected for participation in Top-of-the-Mitt receive a tuition waiver of three MSU graduate credits (AL 842), along with many outstanding professional texts, valuable teaching materials, and models of exemplary lessons. This national professional development model of “teachers teaching teachers” is made possible with financial support from Michigan State University, North Central Michigan College, and funds from the Foundation for Teaching and Literacy, a nonprofit foundation
whose primary purpose is to receive and administer funds to promote literacy education and support teachers in public schools who work with underserved students.

Thank you so much for helping to spread the word by sharing this invitation with outstanding teachers in your school community. Applications are due by Friday, March 1, 2013. Sincerely,

Toby Kahn-Loftus, Director, RCWP Top-Of-The-Mitt Dan Polleys, Co-Director Tim Jardine, Teacher-Consultant

Toby Kahn-Loftus 3741 Big Marsh Road East Jordan, MI 49727 231-330-5804 tobykahnloftus@gmail.com

We have scheduled a long “Fourth of July” break from Wednesday, July 3 – Sunday, July 7, 2013. In order to distribute important institute materials, we require your attendance at an informal, opening dinner in Petoskey on Monday, May 6, 2013. Also, please understand that the first week of our Summer Institute includes 4 long days in order to fulfill the time requirements of the National Writing Project. The other twelve days run from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., with the exception of our final day, July 18, 2013, which includes an evening dinner banquet and publishing ceremony.
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Red Cedar Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute
“Top-of-the-Mitt” Application

Toby Kahn-Loftus, Director RCWP “Top-of-theMitt” Hosted By: North Central Michigan College Petoskey, Michigan

Each summer, the Red Cedar Writing Project attempts to solicit applications from as diverse a cohort of teachers as possible. This summer we are seeking applicants from across the northern Michigan and the south-eastern Upper Peninsula for our satellite site, RCWP: Top-of-the-Mitt, at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. Please provide us with the following information and respond to the questions below in a separate letter of application. Also, please include a recent resume and one example of a teaching artifact you have created (e.g., lesson plan, assignment, sample of student work with your responses to the student writer). Today’s Date:______________________________________ Name:____________________________________________Years of Teaching Experience:_________________________ Home Address:_____________________________________Grades Currently Teaching:____________________________ Home or Cell Phone:________________________________ Subjects Currently Teaching___________________________ Current School:_____________________________________Grades Previously Taught:____________________________ Address:__________________________________________ Subjects Previously Taught:___________________________ School Phone:______________________________________Are you currently in a graduate program?_________________
(If you are enrolled in a MSU graduate program you may need to cover your own graduate status special fee of approximately $200)

Primary Email:______________________________________ Summer Email:______________________________________

If yes, where and what program?___________________ ___________________________________________

Teaching Certificate:___________________________________________________________________________________ Bachelor’s Degree:____________________________________________________________________________________ Subjects/ Institution/ Date Earned:________________________________________________________________________ Any additional degrees or certificates?_____________________________________________________________________ Name of your local newspaper__________________________________________________________________________

In a brief letter of application (no more than two, single-spaced pages), please respond to the following:
• Describe yourself as a writer and teacher of writing. What kinds of personal and professional writing would you like to spend time doing during the summer institute? • Explain an approach to teaching writing that you want to think about with others (one you have tried already or are planning to pursue). Ideally, connect this explanation to your teaching artifact. • Discuss why you want to be affiliated with RCWP Top-of-the-Mitt, a site of the National Writing Project (NWP), and to earn an internationally recognized credential as an NWP Teacher Consultant. Please submit this application, along with your letter, resume, and teaching artifact by March 1, 2013 to: Toby Kahn-Loftus, Director, Top-of-the-Mitt, 3741 Big Marsh Road, East Jordan, MI 49727 Questions? Please email Toby at tobykahnloftus@gmail.com or by phone at 231-330-5804 RCWP is a site of the National Writing Project, supported with resources from Michigan State University, North Central Michigan College and the Foundation for Teaching and Literacy.

Top-of-the-Mitt Meeting Dates Spring/Summer 2013
May Monday, May 6 Opening Dinner for the Summer Institute 2013, 5:30 – 8:00 pm, North Central Michigan College

June
June June June June June

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SI SI SI SI

SI Day 1 (long day, 8:30 am – 8:00 pm) Day 2 (long day 8:30 am – 8:00 pm) Day 3 (long day 8:30 am – 8:00 pm) Day 4 (long day 8:30 am – 8:00 pm) Day 5 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm)

July
July 1 (Mon) July 2 (Tues.) SI Day 6 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm) SI Day 7 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm)

July 4th Holiday Break : Wednesday, July 3 – Sunday, July 7, 2013 July 8 (Mon) July 9 July 10 July 11 July 12 July 15 (Mon) July 15 July 17 July 18 followed by our ceremony, 5:30 – July 19 (Friday) portfolios. SI Day 8 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm) SI Day 9 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm) SI Day 10 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm) SI Day 11(8:30 am – 3:30 pm) SI Day 12(8:30 am – 3:30 pm) SI Day 13(8:30 am – 3:30 pm) SI Day 14(8:30 am – 3:30 pm) SI Day 15 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm) SI Day 16 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm, two hour break closing banquet and publishing 8:00 pm) SI Faculty meets to debrief and respond to Grades will be sent to MSU the following week.

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