College of Education's Hawai'i Writing Project offers summer institutes

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Jennifer L Parks, (808) 956-0416
Communications Coordinator , University of Hawaii at Manoa
Posted: Feb 12, 2013

The Hawaiʻi Writing Project (HWP) in the UH Mānoa College of Education (COE) is offering two Invitational Summer Institutes. The institutes provide teachers with professional development and up to three graduate or Department of Education credits. Annually, the HWP works with up to fifteen educators on each island, introducing them to writing practices and theories that will motivate teachers and students alike. These institutes help support the Hawai‘i Department of Education in the implementation of Common Core Standards in English Language Arts.

An affiliate of the National Writing Project, the HWP’s goal is to improve writing instruction in the nation’s schools and to promote the use of writing for thinking and literacy learning across grades and disciplines. With the support of two $20,000 federal Seed grants through the National Writing Project, the HWP is conducting writing professional development in high-needs schools as well as the summer institutes.

HWP Director and Assistant Professor Ellen Spitler of the COE is currently working with the English department faculty at Farrington High School. “Our teachers in Hawai‘i are invaluable resources for the distinct cultural and social realities of the students in their classrooms,” said Spitler. “It is a privilege to work with the English department at Farrington High School – a group of truly dedicated educators who strive to support the development of their students."

From June 17–21, the first of the Invitational Summer Institutes will be held on the UH Maui College campus and led by HWP Co-Director and English Instructor Marnie Masuda. The second institute, led by Spitler, will be held on the UH Mānoa campus from June 24–28. Participants who complete an institute become teacher consultants who, in turn, provide motivation and leadership in the teaching of writing within their communities.

For more information about the HWP or to register for a summer institute, please see the brochure with registration instructions. The registration deadline is May 15, 2013.

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