Prairie Lands is a window into a world, a community of writers, that I never knew existed. People with the same passions and desires to be more and do more with our writing, our students, and the teaching of writers. I am not alone.
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).
2017 Invitational Summer Institute Participants
Past Invitational Institutes
2016 Invitational Summer Institute
2015 Invitational Summer Institute
2018 Institute Dates
Thursday, March 1
Application submission deadline
Saturday, April 21
Orientation Day: 9 AM - 1 PM
Saturday, June 2
Inquiry Day: 9 AM - 1 PM
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday-Thursday, June 25-28
Monday-Tuesday, July 2-3
Monday-Friday, July 9-13
Monday-Thursday, July 16-19
Saturday, October 6
National Writing Project Certification Ceremony and PLWP TC Gathering: 9 AM-12 PM