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- When does the Summer Institute occur?
- Where does the Summer Institute occur?
- How is the Institute different from other professional development opportunities?
- Will I have a lot of "homework" to do outside Institute hours?
- How much is the stipend, and when will I receive it?
- What are the attendance expectations for participants?
- How much will my books cost?
- May I bring guests to the Summer Institute?
- What instructional settings, grade levels, and subject areas are represented at the Institute?
- May I leave the KSU campus for lunch and/or to run errands?
- To qualify as a fellow, how computer-comfortable do I need to be?
- What are my chances of being selected as a fellow?
- What if, after I am selected, I find I cannot participate for personal reasons?
- What is a teaching demonstration?
- What do I need to bring for my teaching demonstration? How long should it last?
- Can I register for other graduate courses at KSU as well as the Summer Institute?
- Since participating in the Summer Institute counts as a Kennesaw State University graduate course, how many graduate credit hours will I obtain for completing the Institute?
- How many PLUs (Professional Learning Units, previously known as Staff Development Units or SLUs) are obtained for completing the Institute?
When does the Summer Institute occur?
Usually the Summer Institute takes place during the month of June.
Where does the Summer Institute occur?
Because the Summer Institute counts as a graduate course at Kennesaw State University , it takes place in a KSU classroom as well as in the KSU Writing Center. The Writing Center is located in the English Building on the second floor in Room 242.
How is the Institute different from other professional development opportunities?
The multi-week Institute is a workshop designed to be both more demanding and more fulfilling than traditional staff development programs. Also, the Institute connects to the National Writing Project's philosophy that teachers improve their own teaching practices by working with other outstanding teachers in group-learning activities.
Will I have a lot of "homework" to do outside Institute hours?
Since Institute participants earn three semester hours of graduate credit, they are expected to do some reading and writing outside of Institute hours of 8:45-3:00 (M-F). However, since participants are actively engaged in learning during the day, fellows spend less time doing "homework" than for other graduate classes.
How much is the stipend, and when will I receive it?
The stipend pays your tuition and fees for the graduate course, a charge of about $1200. You do not pay this fee out of pocket; KMWP makes payment directly to KSU. The additional personal stipend is $300, paid after the Institute is over. The stipend is an honorarium each fellow earns by attending all sessions, participating in workshop activities, and completing all individual and group tasks. Individuals who do not complete the program will not receive the stipend. (Note: Some cooperating school districts donate their fellows' stipends. In such cases, the districts' staff development schedule will determine the stipend.)
What are the attendance expectations for participants?
In general, we expect participants to be present every day, unless there are unavoidable personal emergencies or professional responsibilities. Barring extenuating circumstances, no fellow should miss more than one whole day of the Institute.
How much will my books cost?
While there is no required common text, participants may have to purchase texts for independent or group reading, as well as to prepare for their teaching demonstration.
May I bring guests to the Summer Institute?
The KMWP welcomes adult visitors, especially administrators and teachers who might like to apply to participate in future Summer Institutes. Although our work is fun, it is also intense and paced for talented adult learners. Therefore, except on special prearranged occasions, children should not be brought to the Institute.
What instructional settings, grade levels, and subject areas are represented at the Institute?
We always seek a group representing the full (Pre)K-University teaching levels. We welcome teachers from the business world (e.g., corporate training centers) or from specialty schools and home schools. From schools where teaching focuses on specific disciplines (e.g., history, math in high schools), we welcome any teacher of writing, regardless of subject area.
May I leave the KSU campus for lunch and/or to run errands?
Fellows should remain on campus during Institute hours. We try to have one extended lunch per week, but this is a time when all fellows enjoy a festive meal together. Some writing project sites meet 9:00 until 4:00 . Instead, we pack our days with activities, including discussions over lunch, so we can end at 3:00 to beat rush hour traffic.
To qualify as a fellow, how computer-comfortable do I need to be?
Fellows do need to be willing to try out a variety of learning experiences in a computer classroom. The computer expertise of past fellows has ranged from those who can teach several software programs to others who have rarely touched a keyboard.
What are my chances of being selected as a fellow?
We usually choose, from the initial applicant pool, to interview 20 candidates for our 12-14 Basic Summer Institute slots. If you are invited for an interview, you have an excellent chance of becoming a fellow.
What if, after I am selected, I find I cannot participate for personal reasons?
Please notify us immediately so that we can contact an alternate before the pre-Institute workshop in late April. We never add alternates after the pre-Institute workshop, as too much learning happens during those orientation activities to be "made up" later.
What is a teaching demonstration?
Each fellow will model a favorite lesson in writing for the entire group. Fellows' demonstrations will be examples of lessons which involve writing in their own classrooms. After each demonstration, there will be a discussion of the excellent teaching concepts and principles shown in the lesson. Each fellow will learn to apply teaching concepts, based on core literacy development principles, across all grade levels and subject areas.
What do I need to bring for my teaching demonstration? How long should it last?
If you have some idea of what favorite lesson you might like to share for your teaching demonstration, you will want to bring the needed materials home at the end of the school year. The demonstration itself should last about 50 minutes and will include all parts of your lesson (introduction, activities, closure). Copies of handouts may be made at KSU.
Can I register for other graduate courses at KSU as well as the Summer Institute?
Of course! However, we ask that you do not register for any other courses until we have registered you for the Summer Institute. This is so that we can make sure the grant covers the cost of student fees for you. If you're concerned about class availability, you may contact us and we will work to ensure that you are able to take the classes you desire.
Since participating in the Summer Institute counts as a Kennesaw State University graduate course, how many graduate credit hours will I obtain for completing the Institute?
Despite being an atypical graduate course, the Summer Institute still counts as a standard graduate level course worth 3 graduate credit hours.
How many PLUs (Professional Learning Units, previously known as Staff Development Units or SLUs) are obtained for completing the Institute?
The Summer Institute is worth 3-5 non-technology PLUs.