March 13, 2014

2014 MWP Spring Writing Day

MWP will host a Spring Writing Day on Saturday, April 26, from 12:30-3:30pm in 12 Nicholson Hall at the University of Minnesota. There will be time for participants to write, share, and meet with an old (or new!) writing group.

Members of the MWP Online Book Club who can make it into the Twin Cities will also have time to meet face-to-face and continue a discussion on the first book, Pat Conroy's My Reading Life.

Please contact Ann Thompson (thomp402@umn.edu) if you are planning to attend.

The MWP Online Book Club

The Minnesota Writing Project has a new online book club through Goodreads. The MWP Book Club is a private group just for MWP Summer Institute participants and other educators associated with MWP, such as our collaborative partner, the Trondheim Writing Project.

To become a member of the club, join Goodreads and then send an email to Debra Hartley (hartley@umn.edu) telling her that you want to join the MWP Book Club.

myreadinglife.pngOur spring book will be My Reading Life by Pat Conroy. By Friday, March 21st, Marsha Besch, the book club discussion leader, will post a few questions to stimulate our thinking as we read. Online discussion of the book will begin on Monday, April 14th. Club members are encouraged to have read at least half of the book by then.

If you have any questions about or suggestions for the book club, please contact Ann Thompson (thomp402@umn.edu) or Debra Hartley (hartley@umn.edu).

March 12, 2014

Author Talk - Michael Dahl, Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Author Michael Dahl will be the guest speaker at this year's retreat for the 24th Annual Invitational Summer Institute on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at Mt. Olivet Retreat Center in Farmington.

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From Dahl's author page on Amazon.com:

Michael Dahl is the author of more than 200 books for children and young adults. His nonfiction has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times. His Finnegan Zwake mystery series published by Simon & Schuster won rave reviews and two of its titles were shortlisted for the Edgar and the Anthony Mystery Awards. He has written The Everything Kid's Joke Book as well as Gotcha Covered! (with Kathleen Baxter from School Library Journal) on nonfiction books that get kids excited about reading. Dahl is the Editorial Director for Stone Arch Books based in Minneapolis, where his books have won national design awards and been selected by the Junior Library Guild. His fantasy series, The Library of Doom, is the most-read series by hi-lo readers across the country. He has spoken at numerous schools, libraries, bookstores, and conferences inn the US and UK, including ALA, AASL, Renaissance Learning, TLA and IRA. He lives in a haunted house.

Visit Dahl's website for more information about his work.

Check back here for times or contact MWP@umn.edu, 612-625-6323.

2014 MWP Open Institute: Writing for Social Justice

MWP will offer the following June course open to both degree and non-degree seeking students:

CI 5410: MWP Open Institute: Writing for Social Justice
June 16-20, 24, 27, 2014, 9:00-3:00

This 3-credit graduate course is open to teachers from any discipline, K-College, including those who have already attended the Invitational Summer Institute. The MWP Open Institute course will focus on writing for change and social justice, exploring themes of social justice through writing, teaching and learning. In addition to writing, participants will read from course texts such as Linda Christensen's Reading, Writing, and Rising Up and Teaching for Joy and Justice. For more information see the course flier: 2014 Open Institute.

November 21, 2013

2014 Saturday Session Workshops: Teaching for Justice and Equity within the Common Core

Join us for coffee, breakfast, conversation and engaged learning during our 4th annual Saturday Session Workshop Series!

Offered through a special collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education, this year's workshops include half-day sessions focused on Teaching for Justice and Equity within the Common Core Standards.

Three questions will guide the sessions in this series:
January 25th, 2014: What is a social justice approach to teaching literacy?
February 22nd, 2014: How do teachers incorporate themes of justice and equity into their subjects while meeting the CCSS?
March 29th, 2014: How do teachers respond successfully to the challenges of incorporating a social justice approach to teaching?

All workshops are led by practicing educators affiliated with the Minnesota Writing Project. For more information see the registration form attached below.

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COST: $50 per session - Graduate credit option available for attendance at all three. 
WHERE: Minnesota Department of Education - Conference Center A - 1500 Highway 36 West - Roseville, MN 55113. WHEN: 9:00am - 12:30pm (see dates above) - Continental breakfast provided.

TO REGISTER: 
Download & complete the 2014 Saturday Session Workshop Flyer.pdf. Send to the address included. Contact MWP for available space (MWP@umn.edu).

Open to all interested educators. Come alone or bring a friend. Come to one or come to all!!

August 22, 2013

MWP 7th Annual Fall Workshop - October 5

the healing odell.jpgJoin us for our 7th Annual Fall Workshop to be held on Saturday, October 5th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This year's theme will focus on Creating Communities Through Literacy and will feature Jonathan Odell, author of The View from Delphi and The Healing.

Morning activities will include breakout sessions by MWP Teachers devoted to community and justice in classrooms, as well as a roundtable discussion by teachers involved in MWP's collaboration with the Trondheim Writing Project in Norway.

WHEN: Saturday, October 5th
WHERE: MN Dept. of Ed. Conference Center A, 1500 Highway 36 W, Roseville, MN 55113
COST: $75 - includes registration, continental breakfast, and lunch

TO REGISTER: Send payment by Friday, September 13th to MWP, 10 Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. (Please make checks payable to University of Minnesota.)

For additional information, see the 2013 Fall Workshop flyer.pdf, email MWP@umn.edu or call 612-625-6323.

March 18, 2013

2013 MWP Summer Offerings

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In addition to our 23rd Invitational Summer Institute, MWP will offer the following June programs open to all teachers:

* Course: Writing for Social Justice

* Advanced Institute

* Author Visit: Joyce Sidman


CI 5410: Writing for Social Justice
June 17-21; 25, 27: 2013, (9-3)

This summer we will offer a 3-credit graduate course, open to teachers from any discipline, K-College, including those who have already attended the Invitational Summer Institute. The MWP Open Institute course will focus on writing for change and social justice, exploring themes of social justice through writing, teaching and learning. In addition to writing, participants will read from course texts such as Linda Christensen's Reading, Writing, and Rising Up and Teaching for Joy and Justice. For more information see course flyer below.

Open Institute 2013.pdf

Minnesota Writing Project Advanced Institute: A Collaboration with Norway's Trondheim Writing Project
June 24-28 2013

As many of you know, MWP leaders were invited to Norway to share information about our site in 2011 and Norwegian educators visited us in 2012 leading to four teachers from Norway attending last summer's Invitational Summer Institute Now, our colleagues in Norway have embarked on creating their own Writing Project site and first Summer Institute in Trondheim, Norway.

Our Advanced Institute will take place during the same week as the Trondheim Writing Project's Summer Institute, so we can engage in a shared cross-cultural inquiry into how writing is taught and how teachers can learn together in Norway and the United States. There will be no cost to attend this Advanced Institute (other than your own transportation and parking costs), and we hope you will find the mix of writing, reading, and discussing during this week together enriching for your own practice as a teacher and writer.

To apply for this special opportunity, please contact MWP@umn.edu, 612-625-6323. You will then be connected with the group leaders who will send you an application.


Author Talk - Wednesday, June 26th 2013

joyce sidman.JPGAuthor Joyce Sidman will be the guest presenter at this year's retreat for the 23rd Annual Invitational Summer Institute on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013. Sidman has written several poetry books for children, including Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night.

See Sidmans's website for more information about her work. http://www.joycesidman.com/

For more information on any of these summer offerings please contact MWP@umn.edu, 612-625-6323


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October 22, 2012

2013 Winter Workshop Series: Using Media to Enrich CCSS

MWP 2013 summer session.png Come sip coffee with colleagues as we devote Saturday mornings this winter to discussion and hands-on engagement with literacy topics.

Offered through a special collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education, this year's seminar series includes half-day workshops that address using media to enrich Common Core Media Standards . Special sessions will focus on boys literacy and social justice.
(photo credit: Mallix @Flickr)

January 26th, 2013:
Using Media to Meet the Needs of Struggling Students: Boys & Literacy
February 23rd, 2013:
Incorporating New Genres of Media Production into Current Teaching Practices
March 9th, 2013:
Using Media to Explore Social Justice and Global Awareness

For more information on the individual workshops see registration form attached below.

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COST: $50 per session -- Graduate credit option available for attendance at all three.
WHERE: Minnesota Department of Education -- Conference Center A -- 1500 Highway 36 West -- Roseville, MN 55113
WHEN: 9:00am - 12:30pm (see dates above) -- coffee and bagels will be served.

TO REGISTER:
Download & Complete the MWP Saturday Sessions 2013.pdf. Send to the address included. To reserve a space, register by January 11th, 2013.

Come alone or bring a friend. Come to one or come to all !!

August 30, 2012

MWP 6th Annual Fall Workshop - September 29th

Join us on September 29th for the 6th Annual Fall Workshop.

Dance boots.pngThis year's workshop will feature a author and professor of American Indian Studies, Dr. Linda Grover. Her most recent book, The Dance Boots, which features short stories illustrating Native American history and culture, won the Flannery Connor Award for short fiction.

Morning activities will include breakout sessions devoted to discussions of the standards related to Minnesota American Indian writers in the 2010 Minnesota English Language Arts Standards--what they are and how to implement them in the classroom.

WHEN: Saturday, September 29th
WHERE: MN Department of Education Conf. Center A, 1500 Highway 36 W, Roseville, MN
COST: $60--includes registration, meals and snacks

TO REGISTER: For early registration rate, send payment by Monday, September 17th to MWP, 10 Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Drive, SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Or contact MWP@umn.edu to reserve a place and bring payment on the day. After 
Monday, September
 17th the cost will be $75.

 Registration
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 Monday, September
 24th.

See REVISED Fall Workshop 2012 Flyer.pdf for more information.

January 30, 2012

MWP Summer Offerings 2012

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In addition to our 22nd Invitational Summer Institute, MWP will offer the following programs open to all teachers:


* Digital Writing Workshop (CLOSED)

* Open Institute (JULY)

* All-School Assessment Workshop (AUGUST)


Digital Writing Workshop
June 18-22, 2012 (9-3)
-- REGISTRATION CLOSED

This week-long workshop will help teachers examine the possibilities for creating student-centered, collaborative learning opportunities with technology. Mornings will be instructional focus on technology and digital literacies for audio, composition, debate, drawing, image, mapping, music, presentation, research, slideshow, video, and writing (including iMovie, Comic Life, Ning, PB Works, Google tools). Afternoons will provide time for hands-on application of digital writing skills, as participants compose their own digital texts.

2012 MWP Digital Flyer.pdf

Minnesota Writing Project Open Institute
July 16-20, 2012 (9-3)

The Minnesota Writing Project offers an interactive workshop where teachers will participate in writing groups, consider the theory and practice of writing instruction, and examine current literacy issues. Visit MWP Open Institute Webpage or flyers below for more information.

2012 open 2012.pdf
2012 open registration.pdf

Creating a District-Wide or All-School Writing Assessment
August 7-8, 2012 (9-3)

This two-day workshop will enable district or school curriculum coordinators to develop an all-school or district-wide writing assessment. This is a hands-on workshop in which participants will learn how to create an effective prompt and set up in-house scoring. Opportunities will be given to select range finders and anchor papers and work with holistic as well as domain scoring.

2012 assessment workshop.pdf
2012 assessment registration (pdf)

Author Talk - Wednesday, June 27th 2012

DRochelle.pngAuthor David LaRochelle will be the guest presenter at this year's retreat for the 22nd Annual Invitational Summer Institute on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012.

LaRochelle has written several books for children and young adults, including Absolutely, Positively Not, and his most recent picture book, The Best Pet of All. See LaRochelle's website for more information on his work. Contact MWP to register for the event.

For more information on any of these summer offerings please contact MWP@umn.edu, 612-625-6323


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October 3, 2011

2012 Saturday Sessions with MWP

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Come sip coffee with colleagues as we spend one Saturday morning of each upcoming winter month to discussion and hands-on engagement with literacy topics.

Offered through a special collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education, this year's seminar series includes half-day workshops that address teaching various genres of writing (explanatory, persuasive, narrative, & multigenre). Special focus will be given to implementing the recently revised 2010 MN English Language Arts Standards.

January 21st, 2012:
How to best support and expand explanatory/informative writing
February 11th, 2012:
How to best support and expand argumentative/persuasive writing
March 31st, 2012:
How to best weave narrative, poetry, and multigenre writing into academic texts

For more information on the individual workshops see registration form below.

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COST: $45 per session -- Graduate credit option available for attendance at all three.
WHERE: Minnesota Department of Education -- Conference Center A -- 1500 Highway 36 West -- Roseville, MN 55113
WHEN: 9:00am - 12:30pm (see dates above) -- coffee and bagels will be served.

TO REGISTER:
Download & Complete the 2012 Saturday Sessions.pdf. Send to the address included.

Registration deadline is December 16th, 2011.

Come alone or bring a friend. Come to one or come to all !!

August 1, 2011

MWP Fifth Annual Fall Workshop -- September 24th

Join us on September 24th for the 5th Annual Fall Workshop.

boarding school.pngThis year's workshop will feature a reader's theater presentation of "The Great Hurt," an artistic exploration of the American Indian boarding school experience.

Morning activities will include breakout sessions devoted to discussions of the standards related to Minnesota American Indian writers in the 2010 Minnesota English Language Arts Standards--what they are and how to implement them in the classroom.

WHEN: Saturday, September 24th
WHERE: U of MN Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul Campus
COST: $60--includes parking, breakfast, lunch and snacks

TO REGISTER: By Friday, September 9th, send payment to
MWP, 10 Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Drive, SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Or contact MWP@umn.edu to reserve a place and bring payment on the day.

See MWP Fall Workshop 2011.pdf for more information.

March 22, 2011

Hungry for More? -- Saturday Workshop Series adds session for Science Literacy

Due to the popularity of the recently completed Second Saturday Workshop Series (offered through an MWP & MN DOE partnership), we are now offering an "encore" workshop focusing on Literacy in the Sciences. This one day workshop will be offered

birds.pngWHEN: Saturday, May 14th
TIME: 9:00-12:30
WHERE: Minnesota Department of Education in Roseville
COST: $45.

Literacy in Science is a new feature in the 2010 English Language Arts Standards. Literacy will now be taught in science, social studies, and technical subjects, as well as in language arts. This session will focus on teaching literacy within the science curriculum.
• Explore the new literacy in science standards
• Learn strategies for doing literacy learning within your science content
• Learn how to support your students as they write informational text in science
• Participate in breakout sessions specific to elementary, middle, and high school science

Registration deadline is May 2nd. Saturday science wkshop.pdf for more information.

January 20, 2011

Sheila O'Connor to Visit MWP June 2011

OConnor.jpgAuthor and editor Sheila O'Connor will be the guest presenter at this year's retreat for the 21st Annual Invitational Summer Institute on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011. O'Connor has written and edited several books, including Where No Gods Came, and her most recent novel Sparrow Road.

In addition to writing, she teaches creative writing at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and edits the journal Water-Stone Review. Visit Sheila O'Connor's website to explore more of her work.

MWP TCs who want to attend should contact MWP at mwp@umn.edu. Visit the Mt. Olivet website for more information on the site, its trails, services, and directions.

November 30, 2010

Second Saturdays: MWP Winter Workshop Series

2010 maria jamie.pngCome sip coffee with colleagues as we devote the second Saturday morning of each upcoming winter month to discussion and hands-on engagement with literacy topics.

Offered through a special collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education, this year's seminar series includes half-day workshops that focus on different approaches to implementing the recently revised 2010 MN English Language Arts Standards:

January 8th, 2011:
How to use Best Practices in implementing the 2010 ELA Writing Standards
February 12th, 2011:
How to use writing to implement the 2010 ELA Media Production Standards
March 12th, 2011:
How to engage diverse learners in the 2010 ELA Writing Standards

For more information on the individual workshops see registration form below.

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COST: $45 per session -- Graduate credit option available for attendance at all three.
WHERE: Minnesota Department of Education -- Conference Center A -- 1500 Highway 36 West -- Roseville, MN 55113
WHEN: 9:00am - 12:30pm (see dates above) -- coffee and bagels will be served.

TO REGISTER:
Download & Complete the 2011 Saturday Workshops REGISTRATION FORM.pdf. Send to the address included.

Registration deadline is December 20th, 2010.

Come alone or bring a friend. Come to one or come to all !!