Institute for Sustainable Teaching
The Institute for Sustainable Teaching (IST) is a CSU Writing Project (CSUWP) program that we are excited to offer at the Denver Writing project. The institute is devoted to helping you “fill the well” as a teacher by giving you space and time for personal restoration and professional renewal. We will work together in a small community to explore the concept of “sustainable teaching” and to develop resiliency practices that might actually help you stay in this profession for the long haul. As you might guess, writing will be front and center.

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: Because the IST is geared toward development of a small, intimate community, we’re limiting it to 20 participants. Deadline for applications MONDAY, July 12. Participants will be notified in by Friday, July 16th through email.

Course Dates from 9:00am-12pm on Zoom:
July 19-23
We will also offer a couple of retreat days during the school year TBD.
A certificate for Professional Development hours will be offered.

The IST is open to twenty K-16 educators in all content areas. This includes teachers, counselors, administrators, community educators, basically anyone who’s connected to the profession. You should come if:

- you just don’t know how much longer you can last in this profession, even though you still love it deep down
- you’re experiencing burnout or feel it coming on
- you’re willing to take emotional and intellectual risks oriented toward healing and growth in community
- you’re committed to writing, reading, reflecting, and thinking hard together with others
- you’re professionally responsible, that is, you’ll attend all sessions in the summer and throughout the school year, complete the reading, and participate in all activities
-you’re determined to “get better”--in both the sense of recovery and the sense of progress. (As Anne Lamott would say, you might need to whine for a while, but you can’t be “whiny-baby.”)

We will discuss the book The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown and will need your home address to send it to you.

Please complete the form to participate in the Institute for Sustainable Teacher with the Denver Writing Project partnership with the CSU Writing Project Institute for Sustainable Teaching . If you have questions, please contact Molly Robbins (
Email *
Your Last Name *
Your First Name
Where do you work, and what is your role in education (e.g., teacher, counselor, administrator, community educator, etc.)? *
Phone number *
E-mail address that you check frequently *
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Why would you benefit from this experience at this point in your career? In no more than 300 words, describe both how your participation will support your growth as a educator, writer, and human being, and how you will work to support this growth in other participants. *
PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT: The Denver Writing Project/CSU Writing Project Institute for Sustainable Teaching is a small program. We ask that you honor the investment the Denver Writing Project is making by attending all sessions and participating fully and positively for the benefit of the group and your own learning and development. Please indicate your willingness to do so by checking the box below. *
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