Area educators attending Northern Plains Writing Project institues
More than 24 North Dakota educators are at Minot State University's campus and in Bismarck for MSU's annual Northern Plains Writing Project Summer Institute and Advanced Summer Institute. The Summer Institute started July 9 and runs through Aug. 2, while the Advanced Summer Institute begins Monday (July 16) and continues to Aug. 2. NPWP is in its ninth year of instruction.
"As a site of the National Writing Project, the NPWP Summer Institute offers teachers a place to read and discuss ideas about teaching writing and using writing to teach - plus time to write," said Ron Fischer, associate English professor and NPWP co-director. "Readings include common and grade-specific selections to meet the needs and interests of all teachers participating in the institute. Teachers also share best teaching practices through hands-on teaching demonstrations and explore the teaching of writing by writing."
NPWP invites teachers of any subject, at any grade level, to participate. Individuals receive a stipend to reimburse the tuition cost. Institute fellows are eligible for six graduate credits through MSU.
Upon completing last year's institute, a participant raved about the experience.
"The most important thing I gained at the institute was that I feel I am a better writer. There were so many wonderful prompts and demonstrations given this year, and I can't wait to teach them in my classroom. The writing groups were so helpful. The feedback forms that we received after our demonstrations were wonderful. I have a better understanding of what I need to teach and how I teach writing," writes a participant in the 2011 institute.
On July 23, the Minot Summer and Advanced Institutes will host a visitor's lunch in Hartnett 301 at noon. NPWP participants will bring a colleague from their school, but any teacher or interested person is welcome that day to experience what happens at an NPWP institute.
For further information, contact Fischer at 858-3174 or firstname.lastname@example.org.