DCAWP Invitational Summer Institute

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Howard University School of Education

2450-2572 5th St NW

Washington, D.C. 20001

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The Summer Institute is a 104 hour/ two-week program that prepares DC area teachers to become teacher consultants and change agents in their schools and school districts. Through class and field trip experiences, teachers will examine problems in the teaching of writing; explore effective approaches to writing instruction; study current and past research in the field; and write in a variety of styles from various perspectives. After the Institute, teacher consultants conduct workshops and attend follow-up seminars related to literacy development and standards-based education.


Teachers in all subject areas from kindergarten through 12th Grade in public, private and charter schools throughout the local area are eligible to apply to DCAWP Summer Invitational Institute.


Twenty Participants will be selected on the basis of their teaching experience, an interest in learning about how to teach writing and writing to learn, and the ability to work in staff development programs. Selection of Institute participants will be made by the DC Area Writing Project Director and Summer Institute facilitators.


To successfully complete the Summer Institute, teachers must:

1. Attend the full two weeks of the program plus three select Saturdays during academic year 2017-2018* (Monday-Friday, 9-5 and Saturdays, 9-1).

*Candidates MUST be in attendance for all institute dates.

2. Complete a demonstration lesson on an approach to teaching writing which was used successfully in the classroom.

3. Create a professional teaching portfolio.

4. Create a Summer Institute portfolio.

5. Write a 2-5 page position paper analyzing a writing topic of particular interest.


1. State-of-the-art training in literacy and instruction
2. 104 hours of professional learning units
3. Professional leadership opportunities as a DCAWP Teacher Consultant
4. Opportunity to grow personally and professionally


“DCAWP is truly a great program. It gives you the opportunity to explore your writing potential; to learn new and exciting strategies for your classes; and the opportunity to be a part of a truly great community.”

“This is, cliché as it may sound, life changing! I found myself a writer again. The course was a balance of creative writing and academic writing. And compared to the other trainings I attended, this is the best! Not only because the participants were the best among the best, but also because the trainers were also the best in the field.”

“The teachers teaching teachers philosophy was highly relevant to elementary, jr. high, and high school teachers.”

“Constructing a portfolio was one of the most valuable activities in the project for me because I was forced to gather, organize, synthesize, and analyze. This portfolio is an important tool, and I’m grateful for the experience of creating it.”

“This was, by far, no comparison the best program I have attended, and I have been to many. I learned so much to improve my own writing and great ideas to take back to the classroom. I have grown as a writer, teacher, and colleague.”

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