November 11, 2014

2015 Saturday Session Workshops: Digging Deeper into the ELA Standards

Join us for coffee, breakfast, conversation, and engaged learning during our 5th annual Saturday Session Workshop Series!

Offered through a special collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education, three questions will guide the sessions in this series:
January 10, 2015: How do we connect ELA standards to state writing tests?

February 7, 2015: How do we write argumentation through blended genres?

March 14, 2015: How do we utilize technology to produce and publish?

All workshops are led by practicing educators affiliated with the Minnesota Writing Project. For more information download the flyer from the link 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 2015 Saturday Session Workshop Flyer.pdf. Send payment to MWP, 10 Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 OR use our online registration to reserve a space.

Questions? Contact: mwp@umn.edu

Open to all interested educators. Come alone or bring a friend. Come to one or come to all!!
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October 22, 2014

Next MWP Book Club book: The Burgess Boys

burgessboys.jpgOur fall selection is a novel, The Burgess Boys, by Elizabeth Strout (author of Olive Kitteridge).

Set in both Maine and New York City, the book focuses on the relationship among three siblings, Jim and Bob Burgess and their sister Susan. Zach, Susan's son, gets into a world of trouble, and she calls on her brothers for help. The conflict involves the family but also the community as a whole that is grappling with the recent influx of Somali immigrants. In our times of dealing with many cultural differences, the book offers much to think about and to discuss!

Instead of a series of questions, we're posing only two: What was your reaction to the book: the characters, the conflict and the themes? How does the story relate to your teaching?

We'll start our on-line discussion on Monday, November 10, so start reading!

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. In addition, if you have any questions about or suggestions for the book club, please let Debra know.

Our winter selection will be The Good Braider. More details will follow.

October 10, 2014

Give to the Max Day, 13 November 2014

colorGroup.jpgThe Minnesota Writing Project will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2015!
Please help us recognize our history and prepare for the next 25 years of teachers teaching teachers by giving to us on (or before) 13 November 2014, Give to the Max Day.

Your gift may provide funding for

....Fellowships for teachers in underserved areas to attend the MWP Summer Institute on the Twin Cities campus
....Opportunities for teachers to attend and share their best practices at regional and national professional development conferences
....A video showcasing the MWP's first 25 years of supporting the professional development of Minnesota educators

Double your donation: Friends of MWP will match your gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $350. Please help us meet this challenge and reach our goal of $1,000.

To contribute, go to the MWP giving page and click on the Make a gift to the Minnesota Writing Project online link.

September 17, 2014

Registration for Fall Workshop deadline is extended!

Registration for the Fall Workshop has been extended to Monday, September 29. We look forward to receiving yours!

Be among the first to use our new online registration!

September 3, 2014

Fall Workshop, 11 October 2014: Teaching with Connected Learning

connectedlearning.jpgSpend a day exploring the concept of Connected Learning with keynote speaker Paul Oh from the National Writing Project; the day includes an interactive learning experience and teacher demonstrations.

When: Saturday, October 11, 2014, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Minnesota Department of Education, Conference Center A, 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN
Cost: $60. Includes registration, meals, and snacks
Register: By Monday, September 29 (note time extension); send payment to MWP, 10 Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, contact mwp@umn.edu to reserve a place, or be among the first to use our new online registration

If possible, please bring an iPad or laptop to the workshop.
Fall Workshop Flier.pdf

June 30, 2014

MWP Online Book Club Reads The Fault In Our Stars

Join us for our online discussion of John Green's popular YA book, The Fault In Our Stars, starting on Monday, July 7.

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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.

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).

May 9, 2014

Author Talk - Sarah Stonich, Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

sarah2012LG.jpgAuthor Sarah Stonich will be the guest presenter at this year's Mt. Olivet retreat for the 24th Annual Invitational Summer Institute on Wednesday, June 25th. Stonich's critically acclaimed novels include Vacationland and These Granite Islands.

See Stonich's website for more information about her work and contact Muriel Thompson (murielt@umn.edu) for more details about this author event.

May 6, 2014

MWP 8th Annual Fall Workshop - October 11th, 2014

Save the date! Our 8th Annual Fall Workshop will be held on Saturday, October 11th. We are thrilled to welcome Paul Oh, Senior Program Associate for the National Writing Project, who will speak about Connected Learning and other digital initiatives at NWP.

More details about registration, agenda, and cost coming soon!

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

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 !!