Summer Institute


Summer Institute 2013 details

Summer Institute 2013 brochure

Twelve teachers, K-12, all subject areas, will be invited, after application, to meet for nine days on Saturday May 11 and June 3–June 13, 2013, Mon.–Thurs, 9:00-3:00 on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin.  The summer institute is planned for already-excellent teachers who want to become stronger teachers and part of the on-going professional community of WTWP Teacher Consultants.

Through teaching demonstrations, discussions, and reading, teachers discover innovative ways to meet standards and to implement differentiated instruction; methods of assessment that are both teacher-driven and student-driven; approaches to writing and reading that develop critical thinking among students; and realize that wonderings about students and learning become the beginnings of classroom inquiry. In afternoon writing workshops, teachers recover their love of writing.

Professional Development Credits: Teachers completing the institute will receive 52 Renewal Points through the University of Tennessee at Martin.  These credits will go on an official Academic Transcript accessible any time from UT-Martin.

Costs of the Institute: This year the cost of 52 Renewal Points, books, supplies, and a wealth of professional development in writing is paid for by a grant from the National Writing Project.

In addition, teachers completing the institute will receive a $250 stipend for their valuable time and to help cover costs of incidentals such as food and travel.

Lodging is available on campus at UT-Martin in student dorms, paid for by the participant.  Fees are around $12.00 per night.


Complete this linked  application and return it to WTWP.
Early applications are strongly encouraged. For more information contact:

David Carithers, Director
West Tennessee Writing Project
Department of English
The University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin,TN 38238
Phone 731.881.7289

Here is what the 2012 teachers had to say:

“The Summer Institute has been one of the most valuable opportunities for growth I have had as an individual and a teacher.” —Jamie Babb, Dresden Middle

“WTWP has helped me to start writing again.” —Shannon Skelton, Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central Middle

“I am so excited to begin this school year.  I feel like I have ‘relearned’ how to be a writer and how to structure it in my classroom so there is no longer an ‘Ugh!’ response, but instead ‘when can we write again?’”            —Gwen Hardy, Dresden Elementary

“The WTWP Summer Institute gave me the opportunity and the time to express myself as a writer, and to experience being a part of a writing community. I feel confident that I am better equipped to assist my students in their writing.”              —Donna Martin, Jackson Careers and Technology Magnet

“A group of strangers connected through a common strand (writing) have become partners (friends, even) in the battle of us vs. them. We will set out with pen in hand and try to change the world (or at least our students) one word at a time.”   —Erica Ashby-Kennedy, West Carroll Elementary

“I spent my days with talented teachers and writers who are making a difference in the lives of their students. I was given ways to help all my students be more successful.”

–Clara Talley, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School, Memphis

“I have had a great four weeks building new ideas for my classroom and new friendships through WTWP.  In the past, my students were not excited when it was time to write, but I believe next year we will have a classroom self-motivated to write.”

–Kelly Jones, Hollow-Rock/Bruceton Central Elementary School

Teachers participating in WTWP’s Summer Institute will receive the following:

  1. New ideas for teaching writing that they can take directly into their classrooms.
  2. Confidence in themselves as writers that will improve the way they teach writing.
  3. Free books on writing and reading pedagogy.
  4. Membership in a vibrant community of professionals interested in improving the teaching of writing in West Tennessee.

Contact:  dcarithers@utm.edu or 731-881-7290

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