Invitational Summer Institute

If you have questions about any of these programs or applications, contact Jean Wolph at 502-852-4544.

The LWP Invitational Summer Institute focuses on developing leaders in literacy. Teachers explore their areas for growth as writers, teachers of writers, and leaders in writing instruction. The Summer Institute experience is based on the following principles:

  • Writing is fundamental to learning. Summer Institutes therefore involve teachers from all disciplines and levels of instruction, primary through university.
  • As the process of writing can best be understood by engaging in that process, teachers of writing should write. The summer institute therefore focuses in part on teachers as writers.
  • Teachers are the best teachers of teachers; successful practicing teachers have greater credibility with their colleagues than outside experts. A central part of the summer institute involves participants presenting their best lessons to one another.
  • Real change in classroom practice happens over time. Working as partners, universities and schools can articulate and promote effective school reform. The school year component of the institute therefore involves teachers sharing what they have learned with their colleagues.
  • Effective professional development programs are on-going and systematic, bringing teachers together regularly throughout their careers to examine successful practices and new developments (NWP, 1998). LWP therefore offers lifelong PD, with members taking on leadership to sustain the network.