The mission of the Leatherstocking Writing Project is to elevate the professional knowledge, expertise, and leadership capacity of pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public school teachers of all disciplines to engage diverse learners in transformative writing practices leading students to become critical thinkers, to have greater self-awareness, and to make positive contributions to our communities: local, national, and global.
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Early Career Leadership Institute
The Early Career Leadership Institute is a year-long, three-part institute for preschool to grade 12 teachers. Participants develop new teaching and leadership skills as they learn powerful strategies that allow them to put writing, deep reading, and critical thinking at the center of their practice.
ECLI 1 (55 service hours) Join a community of practice in which you refine your vision for teaching, build your pedagogical content knowledge, and learn about the communities where you teach. Working closely with LWP teacher-leaders and LWP Invitational Fellows, you will try and critically reflect on strategies that become enriched thinkers, learners, and writers. Through writing and rich discussion, you will develop as a writer, gaining skills and the confidence to incorporate more writing in your teaching.
ECLI 2 (16 service hours) During two Saturday meetings, you will continue building your reflective practice as you expand your professional network and identify resources relevant to your students, classroom, and school community. Working alongside mentors and institute fellows, you will gain skills for documenting and studying student work from your classroom to inform your teaching, seeing how intentional writing instruction can impact student work and engagement.
(16 service hours + Saturday conference) In the spring, you will have an opportunity to add your voice to the ongoing professional conversation about how to improve teaching. During the institute, you will continue working alongside colleagues and mentors to design a literacy-rich workshop for an audience that includes current and/or future educators.
Invitational Leadership Institute
The Advanced Institute is a year-long, three-part program for preschool to college-level educators. Participants will join a diverse, professional learning community and become teacher-leaders who will work together in sharing, developing expertise, researching, and becoming a leader in writing and literacy development in College, Career, and Community Writing across content areas with a focus on 4th - 10th grade. In addition to a stipend award, participants in this fellowship will become Leatherstocking Writing Project (LWP) Teaching Consultants/Teaching fellows who will serve as educational leaders for the LWP and their local communities
Invitational Institute 1 (52 service hours) Join a community of practice in which you refine your vision for teaching, build your pedagogical content knowledge, develop your stance as a writer and a teacher of writing. During these six sessions, you will engage in personal and professional writing with a focus on College, Career, and Community Writing (C3WP) and civically-engaged research writing. You will have a chance to participate in innovative workshops for literacy instruction in a variety of content areas and levels. Additionally, in coaching groups, you will have an opportunity to explore possible innovative teaching practices on implementing C3WP into your classroom. Your teaching demonstration will help launch your design of a Teacher Inquiry Workshop (TIW) around civically-engaged writing in your own classroom. You will use teacher inquiry as the catalyst to begin researching your own teaching practice.
Invitational Institute 2 (24 service hours) Over three Saturday meetings, you will continue building your reflective practice on implementing C3WP in your classroom and evaluating students' writing. You will work with your collaborative coach to craft research questions and make a plan that you will guide your teacher inquiry research project that you will present as a TIW.
Invitational Institute 3 (16 service hours + Saturday conference) In the spring, you will have an opportunity to become a leader in the ongoing professional conversation about how to improve teaching. During the institute, you will develop and design a professional development conference where you will present your TIWs for an audience that includes current and/or future educators.