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2014 Invitational Summer Institute
Teachers at the Center: Celebrating 20 Years of Writing, Collaboration, and Inquiry

The KMWP Summer Institute is strongly grounded on the NWP principle that teachers learn best from other teachers. The SI Teaching Team works with Summer Institute participants to shape a learning community in which we all become not only stronger writers and teachers of writing, but also more effective leaders in our schools, our educational communities, and beyond. Summer Institute fellows work collaboratively in reading and writing groups, and present demonstrations of effective teaching methods—all integral components of the NWP Summer Institute model. Building on a foundation of collaborative inquiry, the Summer Institute experience develops a sustainable network for continued professional collaboration and support for teachers seeking to improve their practice, pursue research interests, and/or become teacher-leaders.

Summer Institute Dates

Thursday, May 1 (5:00-7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, May 3 (9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.)
Friday, June 6 – Thursday, June 26 (Mon –Fri, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Saturday, June 7 (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

2014 Summer Institute Application (PDF)
2014 Summer Institute Application (DOCX)

Application Due Dates

Friday, November 15, 2013 (interviews in early December with acceptance decisions by December 20) Friday, February 14, 2014 (interviews in mid-March with acceptance decisions by April 18)

2014 KMWP Summer Institute Co-Directors

Rob Montgomery is co-directing his third KMWP Summer Institute. After a decade teaching high school English, he came to KSU in 2009 from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a 2007 fellow of the South Coast Writing Project. He also served as a teaching coach for the 2010 KMWP Summer Institute, and has co-directed two mini-Summer Institutes and an Advanced Leadership Institute. Dr. Montgomery enjoys working with teachers of all levels of experience and across all subject areas and grade levels in order to find new ways of helping our students become more competent, confident, and sophisticated readers, writers, and thinkers. Contact him at

Kitty Drew is a fellow of the 2001 KMWP Summer Institute who has eagerly embraced the NWP principle that teachers learn best from other teachers. According to one student, “Miss Drew has, like Chuck Norris, been teaching since the dawn of time.” Indeed, she has taught for over thirty years, in four states, and currently chairs the Middle School English Department and teaches sixth grade Literature at the Walker School in Marietta, GA. Kitty served as KMWP’s Continuity Chair for many years, and co-directed the 2012 Summer Institute. She is thrilled to be working with Rob Montgomery and the talented teaching cohort of the 2014 Invitational Summer Institute. Contact her at