Invitational Summer Institute

IPFW’s Appleseed Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project, is pleased to announce its 11th Annual Invitational Summer Institute to be held on the IPFW campus from June 16-July 3, 2014.

The Appleseed Writing Project Summer Institute is an intensive writing workshop offering a professional development opportunity for teachers in all disciplines and grade levels K-16 to develop their skill as writers and as teachers who use writing effectively in their classrooms.

Ten outstanding teachers will be selected from applicants who have been recommended by their principals or by colleagues who have previously attended this summer institute. Each teacher will receive a $400 dollar stipend to attend.  Teachers meet daily June 16 to July 3 from 9:00 to 4:30. The summer institute includes 91 contact hours and can be taken for graduate credit if a teacher chooses to pay the tuition.

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 CCSS and technology
  • Share “best practices” that will empower their students
  • Research and reflect on their own writing
  • Develop skills of collaboration and coaching

To apply for the summer institute, complete the application 2014 AWP SI Application Fom by May 2 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.)

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 in the spring and participants should be selected by mid May.

We look forward to receiving you application.  If you have questions, please call Karol Dehr at 260.481.6074 or email  You can learn more about the National Writing Project by visiting


Karol Dehr, Director, IPFW Dept of English & Linguistics

Il-Hee Kim, Director, IPFW College of Education & Public Policy

Terry Springer, Co-Director, IPFW Dept of English & Linguistics