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2017 ISI – Week 2 Recap

June 19 – 23, 2017 The Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project’s Summer Institute charged ahead during the week of June 19. Fellows, directors, and guest speakers alike explored playful, engaging methods for teaching argument and grammar. The week began with presentations from Rob and Amanda Montgomery on using imagery to spur writing. Amanda presented a series […]

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2017 ISI – Week 1 Recap

June 12 – 16, 2017 After three days of introductory activities, KMWP’s 2017 Summer Institute got fully underway on Monday, June 12. Co-directors Tommy Jolly, Amanda Montgomery, and Rob Montgomery led the 16 fellows in several first-day activities designed to both build community and facilitate thinking about approaches to narrative writing. First, Rob had the […]

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2018 Invitational Summer Institute

Reclaiming Our Voice in Education The KMWP Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) is strongly grounded on the National Writing Project (NWP) principle that teachers learn best from other teachers. The ISI Teaching Team works with participants to shape a learning community in which we all become not only stronger writers and teachers of writing but also […]

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2016 KMWP Literacy Conference

KMWP hosted its 2016 Literacy Conference, “Place, Play, and the Power of Writing,” on Saturday, March 19.  Award-winning young adult author, Dr. Chris Crowe, of Brigham Young University was the Keynote Speaker.  He shared his experiences as author, researcher, and teacher of young adult literature with participants inviting conversation around creative writing and the use of historical non-fiction in […]

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2015 ISI – Week 3 Recap

Monday, June 22, 2015 The morning began with breakfast and log from Nathan Edwards followed by writing into the day. With introduction from Nathan, Lyndsay Fleming presented our final demo presentation on inference through the use of writing maps in the social studies classroom. The demo provided fellows opportunities to explore objects in a bag […]

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2015 ISI – Week 2 Recap

Monday morning, June 15th, began with Rob sharing alternative formats/structures for narrative reading for students. Fellows had an opportunity to peruse different titles including House of Leaves, S, and eBook, The Fifty Year Sword.  The group wrote into the morning, eager for the opportunity, falling into the rhythm of ISI personal writing. Later we began the […]

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2015 ISI – Week 1 Recap

After two days of introductory activities, KMWP’s 2015 Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) got fully underway on Monday, June 8. With an emphasis this year on place-based writing and finding inspiration in nature, co-director Kitty Drew and her colleague Mary Ann Stillerman got the fellows exploring KSU’s campus in order to write with a photographer’s eye. […]

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2015 ISI – Back to our Roots

Every summer, educators attend the KMWP Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) to examine their practice and analyze research & theory related to the teaching of writing and its role in student learning. These teachers return to their classrooms as KMWP teacher leaders: models of effective disciplinary literacy instruction for their schools and districts. Through the KMWP […]

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20 Reasons to Join Us at a Summer Institute

In honor of 20 years of teachers teaching teachers at the KMWP, here are 20 reasons to attend the Invitational Summer Institute.  1.  Meet colleagues who share your passion for teaching 2.  Breakfast with fellows each morning with food and activities that center on literary and cultural themes 3.  Amass an arsenal of teaching strategies that […]

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2013 Advanced Leadership Institute

Using funds from the National Writing Project’s Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) 1 grant, we designed and began our Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI). While the ALI selected fellows through an application process, fellows applied based on invitation from Jennifer Dail and Rob Montgomery. The 20 ALI fellows began meeting in December 2013, and met one night a […]

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