Participating in the PLWP Summer Institute allowed me to find a heightened sense of focus for my personal writing practice, as well as discover an immense toolbox of ideas for how I might help my own students find a greater excitement for texts of all modes. However, I’m probably most appreciative of the supportive network of writing colleagues I gained along the way—a network that extends well beyond the boundaries of any single grade level, discipline, school district or county. I’m grateful for the chance I had to journey through writerly and teacherly conversation with my fellow institute participants and would happily urge teachers of any subject or group age to participate. On the surface, it may have looked like we were in a “class,”. . . . but the institute was so much more: it was a conversation, a celebration, a revolution, and something I definitely looked forward to each morning.
PLWP offers institutes for MWSU graduate credit as well as MWSU graduate courses which are taught by National Writing Project Teacher Consultants; these PLWP courses are available to teachers at the reduced tuition rate of $75 per credit. See the Summer and Fall 2018 course offerings.
The PLWP courses count toward three MWSU graduate degrees:
- PLWP Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing
- Master of Applied Arts (MAA) in Written Communication: Writing Option
The Certificate in the Teaching of Writing is an 18-hour program for teachers wishing to meet professional development requirements as well as for post-master’s candidates specializing in teaching writing. Upon completion of the certificate, participants are ideally suited to fulfill leadership roles in collaborative teaching projects and in professional development offerings related to improving literacy instruction, grades K -16. The courses in the Certificate are taught by National Writing Project Teacher Consultants, and available to teachers at the reduced tuition rate of $75 a credit hour. See Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing for more information about the program and courses. See instructions for applying for a list of application materials to prepare and where to send them.
Designed for teachers wishing to specialize in examining texts for diverse media—especially web 2.0 technologies—the 34-hour MAA consists of a 22-hour interdisciplinary core of media, organizational communication and data analysis courses, plus a 12-hour option of writing courses, including as many as 12 of the 18 hours required for the PLWP Graduate Certificate. Download flyer for degree requirements and course descriptions.