Appleseed Writing Project

Summer Institute

Appleseed Writing Project Summer Institute

Invitational Summer Institute

"Each of the nearly 200 NWP sites holds an invitational summer institute every summer. Several thousand teachers participate each year in these summer institutes, and every year new groups of summer fellows at local sites describe their summer institute experience as 'a space for critical reflection so essential to good practice,' 'causing a noticeable and great shift in all of my teaching,' 'the best professional development I have had in all my years of teaching.'

The invitational summer institute is at the core of NWP's model of "teachers teaching teachers." Read more about the intentional and complex design of NWP summer institutes and how they support teachers as professionals, as researchers, and as writers." -- National Writing Project on their website

During the summer institute, teachers will develop a deeper understanding of writing instruction as well as research and reflect on their practice. Based upon the National Writing Project professional development model, institute participants will

  • Increase their individual knowledge and enjoyment of writing
  • Develop as writers
  • Participate in writing groups to share and respond to one another’s words
  • Present a demonstration of a successful teaching approach
  • Discuss applications of current research and curricular movements in writing and writing assessment including standards and technology
  • Share “best practices” that will empower their students
  • Research and reflect on their own writing
  • Develop skills of collaboration and coaching

Appleseed Writing Project Summer Workshop Registration

To apply for the summer institute, complete the application by the deadline and submit it electronically as an email attachment to AWP Site Director Karol Dehr at dehr

(Applicants will receive an email acknowledging the receipt of their application materials.)     

Find more information about this year's workshop, as well as all the forms you will need here at our WordPress website.   

In addition to reviewing your application, we will contact you for a brief personal interview that will allow you to ask questions about the institute and meet AWP leaders.  Interviews will take place at IPFW and interviewees will receive ample notification of the date and time.

We look forward to receiving you application.  If you have questions, please call Karol Dehr at 260.481.6074 or email