Thinking About Applying?
The 2015 Summer Institute is open. Applications for the 2015 Summer Institute are available.
April 8, 2015: 5:00 - 6:00 pm (Orientation at UNO)
June 6, 2015: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Pre-Institute at UNO)
July 6- July 31, 2015: Summer Institute
September 5, 2015: 8:00 - 12:00 ( Follow up at UNO)
Oxbow Writing Project's Invitational Summer Institute is so much more than a few weeks in the summer. It is four weeks of learning, sharing, and growing as a writer. Being a part of Oxbow means being a part of a close-knit community. It is truly a life-changing experience. See what former participants said was the most important thing they gained from the ISI.
"The most important thing I have gained from the summer institute is a confidence as a writer and a teacher of writing. I am more willing now to write in a variety of genres and on a variety of topics, and then share the writing with anyone who cares to listen. I have gained a lot of new teaching ideas and resources and my use of technology has increased dramatically over the time in the summer institute, so I expect my teaching to improve as well."
"I loved the networking and sharing of ideas and feedback given on my own ideas. It was great to be surrounded by teachers who do care about bettering themselves and their practices so they can better their students. Because of OWP, I feel I can become a better teacher of writing to make better student writers."
"I have become more confident and assured in my writing skills, and I have learned to take risks."
"I have learned that one of the most important things about teaching writing is to be a writer myself. "
"I’m gaining so many great ideas to bring back to my classroom next year."
"Can I apply again next year? I have been having such a wonderful time and want to do more writing and continue my writing, because I know I won’t have time during the school year."
What We Do
Write - trying new genres for personal purposes and professional reasons; get and give support to group members; share a log about one day's activities; participate in at least one writing marathon.
Build teaching repertoire - participate in teacher demonstrations (TDD) by fellow participants and develop own TDD to share with others.
Read - a common text about writing; literature for group inquiry project
Share - writing and teaching lives, victories, concerns and challenges, etc.
To see more of what we do check out our Daily Logs made by participants. http://oxbowwp.weebly.com/a-day-in-the-life.html
Summer Institute teacher participants will learn about their own writing strengths through daily writing and experimentation with various ideas, genres, styles, and formats. Writing is not a content area, it becomes a part of who we are. In a highly collaborative setting, participants and leaders will share teaching practices, read and discuss current research, and deepen understandings of the role of literacy as a powerful force for learning.
Respecting and working with all types of diversity, including our own, will be a vital element of all the interactions among participants and leaders. We will talk about, mull over, write about, and evaluate insights from workshops developed by guests and each participant. The days will be full of intense, challenging and fulfilling literacy work to develop our skills for working effectively with all students.
Expect to develop new colleagues and friends who share common experiences and goals. These relationships will not end in July but continue through writing groups, inquiry groups, professional study groups, or other configurations of teacher leaders who continue the vision and passion developed through the intense time together.
Four parts to Application Process:
- Personal Information
- Three Short Questions About Writing
- Share A Successful Writing Instructional Experience
- Letter of Recommendation (from someone who can support your interest in the summer writing institute)
Early acceptance application deadlines will be toward the end of the Fall Semester. However, applications will be accepted on an on-going basis. If an applicant has to drop out, others will be considered. As stated on the application form, stipends from the National Writing Project will be applied toward 5 hours UNO graduate credit. We can accommodate 15-18 participants for the Invitational Summer Institute. If you are not selected this year, please understand that we will be offering this every summer and we will keep your application on file for future summer institutes unless you tell us otherwise.