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Boise State Writing Project Offers K-12 Educators Intensive Development Opportunities This Summer

The Boise State Writing Project (BSWP) once again is offering summer development opportunities for K-12 teachers throughout Idaho. Taught by experienced educators, the BSWP institutes and workshops adhere to the National Writing Project tenets of improving instruction in schools, supporting teachers as professionals and fostering collaboration across the curriculum.

Inquiry Institute: Teaching for Understanding
Description: Participants will engage in the thinking and practice of inquiry pedagogy, gleaning tools to reframe existing curricular requirements, develop project-based learning, use peer coaching and professional learning community approaches to self-assess teaching efficacy, and supplement evaluation with formative performance-based assessments.

Details: The pre-institute is May 8 at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, with the Inquiry Institute following there from June 28-July 2. There also will be a follow-up session in the fall.

Grammar and the Teaching of Writing: Theory and Practice
Description: Participants will examine a variety of approaches to instruction in grammar, including effective ways to fold grammar instruction into the language arts curriculum and the theory and practice of teaching grammar and usage from rhetoric and composition perspectives.

Details: Classes are from 9:40-11:40 a.m., Monday-Thursday, June 14-July 8, at Boise State.

Writing for Social Change
Description: Participants will learn how to encourage and create social action in the classroom, the community and the world through such methods as integrating social change ideas into current curriculum, reading inspiring books on social change, identifying the theme of social justice in a variety of readings and films, and setting up question and answer forums with legislative, editorial and nonprofit panels.

Details: The pre-institute for this workshop is Saturday, May 22 and the institute taking place from Monday, June 21-Friday, June 25, at Boise State.

The BSWP site, an affiliate of the National Writing Project, was established at Boise State in 2005 and is directed by English professor Jeffrey Wilhelm. It offers programming throughout the year, including two annual conferences, a variety of courses and institutes, in-service series for schools, workshops, retreats, programs for student writers, and sponsored activities featuring literacy experts.

For more information on any of these workshops or to reserve a space, contact Jeff Wilhelm at jwilhelm@boisestate.edu or (208) 426-7077. You can also contact his assistant, Michael Mueller, at michaelmueller@boisestate.edu or (208) 426-4210. Visit http://bswproject.com/default.aspx.


Contacts

Barbara Monroe, President
INCTE
920 SE High St.
Pullman, WA 99163
bjmonroe@wsu.edu
Dues: $20; student—$15; $35—two year membership

Jonelle Warnock, President-elect
Idaho Council of Teachers of English
West Junior High School
8371 W. Salt Creek Ct.
Boise, ID 83709
jonelle.warnock@boiseschools.org
http://idahocte.org/default.aspx

Idaho Council of International Reading Association
Maggie Chase, President
1910 University Dr/MS1725
Boise, ID 83725-1725
maggiechase@boisestate.edu
www.readidaho.org