2018 Summer Institute Application

The Heart of Texas Writing Project is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of reading, writing, and 21st Century literacies. We also strive to make a difference in the quality of students' school experience by educating the public about what quality reading and writing instruction is and the possibilities it holds for students and teachers.

We provide inservice professional development to schools and districts; host day-long workshops for teachers throughout the school year; and support a community of dedicated and knowledgeable professionals in literacy education. In addition, we hold an intensive, invitational summer institute on the teaching of writing. What follows is the application for this institute.

This application is due, including the form, essays, work samples, resume, and letter of support, on or before 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 27. The application for the 2018 Summer Institute is in two parts. The first part is the following form. You will be asked some general information questions, as well as some longer questions regarding your teaching. In order to avoid losing your work or submitting incomplete responses, do not compose your answers to the questions in this form. Please do your thinking and composing in a format that you can save and return to, cutting and pasting your final answers into the boxes below.

For the second part, please email a current resume and a letter of support from your principal to heartoftexaswp@gmail.com. The purpose of this letter is to ensure that your principal knows about and supports this important professional development experience, and that s/he is interested in supporting your growth as a teacher of writing. Please also attach images or scans of your student work samples to this email, making sure it is clear which sample is which. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at heartoftexaswp@gmail.com.

Please send your resume, your principal letter, and your kid work IN ONE EMAIL. These are also due on or before 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 27. Please label this email HTWP APPLICATION PART 2.

All of these pieces are important, and careful completion can indicate an applicant's commitment to our work as a project.

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Street Address *
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City, State, Zip *
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Email address *
Please make sure this is an email you check regularly. We correspond primarily through email.
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Phone number *
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District *
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School *
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Grade level you teach *
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Years of experience *
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To grow capacity as a writing project, we like to invite teachers who plan to stay two or more years at their current school. Briefly describe your professional plans. *
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Please describe your approach to teaching writing. What goals do you have for your students? In what ways do you support their development as writers? What text or person has been influential in your growth as a writing teacher? Why? *
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In the HTWP community, we think of a teaching career as being fueled by a passion to learn more, ask open questions, and continually outgrow ourselves. Together we love to question and ponder the parts of our teaching that feel unfinished. Please identify two areas of your teaching about which you still have questions. These may be areas you are trying to research, or things that bother you in your teaching. *
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Please discuss the social, ethnic, and language diversity of your students, and your approach to that diversity as a teacher of writing. *
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Choose two pieces of your students' writing, email copies or scanned images, and discuss what you see in them. These should not be the "best" student writing you have, but rather something that you find intriguing, that makes you ask questions about this student and consider possibilities for your teaching. They may also be pieces in which you see potential that might not be evident to everyone. *
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As a writing project site, we sustain only through active participation from dedicated members. Please write about your commitment to keeping HTWP alive and vital. How do you plan to stay involved? Members in the HTWP community stay connected by attending Saturday workshops, leading Saturday workshops, participating in study groups, attending social events, recruiting for future summer institutes, providing leadership on their campuses with fellow teachers, etc. How do you see yourself participating in our community? *
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