Invitational Summer/Fall Institute: Teachers Teaching Teachers
The Southern Maine Writing Project is now taking applications for its most popular course, the Invitational Summer and Fall Institute.
Learn more about the professional development experience that teachers find both empowering and transformative. More >
What is SMWP?
The National Writing Project is the premier effort to improve writing in America. It began at the University of California at Berkeley in 1974 and now has over 200 sites around the country, including the Southern Maine Writing Project at the University of Southern Maine, now in its 8th year. The Writing Project fosters an interdisciplinary community and support system of teachers, administrators, and specialists from all grade levels and content areas, K‑University. More >
What does the Southern Maine Writing Project offer teachers, administrators, and students?
Kate Kennedy, Director of the Southern Maine Writing Project, and Danielle Hall, a Southern Maine Writing Project Teacher Consultant contributed articles to What Teaching Means: Stories from America’s Classrooms by Rogue Faculty Press in Omaha.
The book is a collection of teachers’ nonfiction stories about their own classrooms, their own experiences and reflections about teaching. The book includes thirty-nine insightful essays written by teachers hailing from classrooms all over America. The essays—which include everything from the recounting of an unlikely kindergarten classroom friendship to the rugged epiphanies experienced in a high school ESL class—detail the sometimes joyful, sometimes tragic teaching experiences of the professional educators who’ve rendered them in prose.
What Teaching Means offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of teachers across America. It is an ideal text for teacher education programs, and will also appeal to lovers of well-crafted creative nonfiction.
The book will be available to order on April 28 through Rogue Faculty Press.
For more information about the book or to read an excerpt please visit http://dboster.blogspot.com/
Institute for Digital Teaching and Learning: Summer 2013
Thanks to the popularity of the 2012 institute, the Southern Maine Writing Project is pleased to announce its second technology-focused summer program: the 2013 Institute for Digital Teaching and Learning. This course provides an opportunity for educators across grade levels and content areas to experiment with a menu of technologies and apply best practices in implementing 21st-century approaches in the classroom.
Experienced facilitators Christopher Estes and Brigid Franey will guide teachers in a week-long exploration, July 15-19 at USM in Gorham, that culminates in classroom-ready, tech-based curricula designed specifically for participants' schools. In true Writing Project fashion, the institute includes ample time for professional collaboration throughout the week. Educators of all experience levels are encouraged to apply for this professional development experience that focuses on practical application. As one 2012 participant said, "SMWP provides opportunities for teachers to learn something, practice, and then refine what they have learned."
For more information, visit our Digital Institute page or contact Seth Mitchell.
Writing by the Sea:
SMWP is one of the National Writing Projects of Maine