Invitational Summer Institute

Every National Writing Project site—including Prairie Lands Writing Project— offers experienced teachers the opportunity to apply and participate in an annual summer Invitational Institute. During the summer, these Teacher Scholars prepare for leadership roles by demonstrating their most effective practices, studying research, and improving their knowledge of writing by writing themselves. Upon succesful completion of the Invitational Institute, they receive NWP Teacher Consultant certification and join our TC cadre, putting their knowledge and leadership to work to improve student achievement.

The Invitational Institute is the cornerstone of the National Writing Project's teachers-teaching-teachers professional development model. It brings teachers from across grade levels and content areas together to study writing strategies and techniques to teach writing effectively.

Participants receive books, supplies, and six Missouri Western State University graduate credits which count toward PLWP's Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing, toward the MAS in Assessment: Writing Option, and toward the MAA in Written Communication: Writing Option ($2000 value). They also become NWP Teacher Consultants, joining a professional network and forming lifelong professional friendships (priceless).

View the 2019 Summer Institute flyer!

View and print the 2019 Summer Institute application.


2018 Invitational Summer Institute Participants




Past Invitational Institutes


2017 Invitational Summer Institute Participants


2016 Invitational Summer Institute


2015 Invitational Summer Institute


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2018 Institute Dates

Friday, March 1
Application submission deadline

Saturday, April 20
Orientation Day: 9 AM - 1 PM

Saturday, June 1
Inquiry Day: 9 AM - 1 PM

Summer Session:
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday-Thursday, June 24-27
Monday-Tuesday, July 1-3
Monday-Friday, July 8-12
Monday-Thursday, July 15-18

Saturday, October 5
National Writing Project Certification Ceremony: 10 AM-2 PM

View the 2019 Summer Institute Flyer or download the application.