2019 Beaver Island Institute Application
Dear Colleague:

Welcome to your first step in joining the 2019 Beaver Island Institute!

We welcome ELA and Science teachers — ranging from upper elementary to lower high school grade levels — to experience a unique, one-week professional development institute at CMU’s Biological Station on Lake Michigan’s Beaver Island. Study ecosystems, ed tech, and strategies for integrating reading and writing into the classroom.

As advocates for reading and writing across the curriculum, as well as for the thoughtful use of newer literacies and technologies to support literacy growth, the Chippewa River Writing Project and Department of Biology at Central Michigan University offer this an intensive, one-week field-based workshop middle school teachers.

Our institute will take place on Beaver from August 4 through 9, 2019. Our institute will be capped at 16 participants.

We ask that all teacher teams interested in attending the Beaver Island Institute submit this free application that includes contact info and a brief description of your teaching context by our deadline of March 29, 2019.

Registration costs for this experience — including ferry service to and from the island, room and board at the CMU Biological Station, and workshop expenses — is $825. A $100 non-refundable deposit will be due by May 1, with the remaining costs due by July 15. Participants will be responsible for travel to and from Charlevoix, Michigan.

Up to 10 participants from Macomb ISD will be eligible to attend at no cost, based on a generous donation from the Thomas R. and Iris B. Harrison Foundation. To find out more about this scholarship opportunity, please contact Troy Hicks.

For the application, we require a pair of teachers -- one English Language Arts and one science who are committed to implementing inquiry-driven, literacy-rich instruction in the 2019-20 school year -- and we welcome up to two additional teachers from a single middle school to join in as well. Please make note of this in the open-ended response at the end of the form.

In this application form, please write a brief statement (no more than 500 words) describing:

- How you are currently thinking about and planning for the integration of science and literacy standards
- When and how, specifically, you will plan to work together toward integration in the 2019-20 school year
- How your participation in this institute will help you meet shared goals for the integration of science and literacy standards

The application deadline is Friday, April 12, 2019, at 5:00 PM.

We expect to notify the teachers teachers who have been selected for the summer institute by mid-April.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Hicks:

Troy Hicks, Ph.D.
Central Michigan University
Director, Chippewa River Writing Project
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