Advanced Workshop: Connecting with Colleagues Teaching Writing

Dates: July 15-19, 2019 (Mon.-Fri.)
Time: 8:30 – 2:30
Leaders: IWP Co-Director Jan Booth & IWP Director Steve Zemelman
Location: Lincoln School, Elmhurst – easily accessible from highways

NOTE: This workshop is now full for the 2019 summer.

What’s in It for YOU

As effective teachers, we all seek to deepen literacy teaching and learning. Yet we also need to broaden our view of our role influencing the direction of education in our schools and to learn leadership strategies for doing this constructively.

The goal of IWP is to help participants in our advanced workshop to grow as writers, as teachers of writers, and as professional mentors.

Our Approach

We utilize current research and outstanding instructional prace as we learn to guide developing writers and support fellow teachers through these essential elements:

  • Examine ourselves as writers and how our personal experiences with writing affect our classroom instruction
  • Continue to share practical strategies for teaching writing, from classrooom workshop, to assessment, to writing to learn in content areas, while meeting and exceeding standardized test expectations.
  • Explore a topic of individual interest regarding writing instruction and share with fellow participants
  • Identify practical collaborative approaches to support colleagues toward richer, more meaningful professional growth in teaching writing and improving literacy.

Who’s Involved?

We welcome eduators of all grade levels and subject areas who have either studied the teaching of writing in a course or workshop, or otherwise explored the topic. The institute will be led by a highly experienced IWP teacher/leader, Jan Booth.


  • Fee waived through a generous grant from the Oppenheimer Family Foundation. In addition, the grant provides a small stipend for Chicago teachers.

30 ISBE Professional Development Hours granted upon course completion

OPTIONAL: One Northeastern Illinois University graduate credit hour may be earned. Tuition at NEIU’s new discounted graduate credit rate. Contact Dr. Katy Smith at to register for this credit.

IWP Summer 2019 Workshop Offerings

Course Dates Fee
Teaching Writing 7/8 – 7/12, M-F 8:30 – 2:30 $300
Advanced workshop: Connecting with Colleagues on teaching writing 7/15 – 7/19, M-F 8:30 – 2:30 Grant funded
Writing and Technology 7/8 – 7/10, M-W* 8:30 – 2:30 $150
Social-Emotional Learning and Writing 7/10 – 7/12, W*-F 8:30 – 2:30 $150

* Writing & Technology concludes at 11:00am on 7/11. SEL & Writing begins at 12:00pm that day.

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