As teachers we hardly ever get to practice the skills we teach. At the PLWP Summer Invitational Institute (SI), teachers reconnect with their own writing selves, rediscover their own writing voices, rebuild writing fluency, and reflect on what it is like to be in their students’ shoes. The SI is a recharging experience. The Institute participants have the opportunity to work in a community of writers for four weeks and are given the time to investigate aspects of teaching writing they are interested in at the same time they learn from what other participants are learning. In the PLWP Summer Invitational, teachers have the opportunity to explore their own writing as art, as investigation, and as reflection. Participants then have the opportunity to share their writing with peers, receive feedback, and give feedback to their writing peers.
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.