Looking for Professional Development Opportunities in teaching writing? Look no more!

Enhancing Writing in All Classrooms Workshop

This all-day session will take teachers on a deep dive into the Montana Core Standards for writing that will lay the groundwork for strategic and thoughtful writing instruction in all classrooms. Teachers will learn instructional strategies such as modeling for students, finding mentor texts, and how to have students write more while grading efficiently. At the end of this workshop, teachers will have great new strategies to implement across content areas and in all classrooms. Teachers will receive 5 renewal units and a working lunch will be provided.

May 6, 2017
10 am – 3 pm
Browning High School
Browning, MT
Register here

Find a National Writing Project Site Near You

We are so lucky in Montana to have three National Writing Project sites. This summer, each of the three sites will have their summer institutes, and many other great professional development opportunities. Each of these opportunities is a chance for you to enhance your writing instruction, build your leadership capacity, earn renewal units, or even earn graduate credit (in some cases.)

Elk River Writing Project

Yellowstone Writing Project

Montana Writing Project

Invitational Leadership Institute

The Invitational Leadership Institute will be held June 12-23 with a follow up meeting on August 14. In between those dates on campus, there will be approximately 3 hours per week of online mentoring.  The program will provide 7 graduate credits, and it explores the use of best literacy strategies across content areas and grade levels, multicultural perspectives and effective infusion of Indian Education for All.  We are funded by grants from OPI and the National Writing Project, so fees for these 7 graduate credits are very low, at approximately $285.  Email Glenda McCarthy


Worlds Apart But Not Strangers: Holocaust Education and Indian Education for All

Worlds Apart But Not Strangers will be held July 16-22.  This institute uses interdisciplinary inquiry to explore connections between the Jewish Holocaust and Indian Education for All. Three graduate credits can be earned for only $135, thanks to funding from the Memorial Library, the Olga Lengyel Institute and Humanities Montana. Apply here or find more information.

Advanced Institute, AI: June 9-23. The focus of this year's AI is "Writing Communities." Our AI is open to those TCs who have been through a summer institute (ISI/ILI) with the Yellowstone Writing Project or any Writing Project. Registration link

Our Youth Writing Camp:
We are currently accepting applications for both campers (student writers entering grades 5-12) and interns (Jr Writing Counselors to assist the teachers in running camp) View the brochure here!
Camper Registration link
Intern Registration link

Our State-wide Writing Competition! YWP is hosting and judging a state-wide writing competition though the Big Sky Country State Fair and through partnership with the MSU Library Ivan Doig Exhibit. Tell us your Montana story!

Invitational Leadership Institute - The Institute will be held this summer, June 12- June 23. The 2017 institute will meet Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.  Participants can earn 6 graduate credits for $350. We will engage in literacy topics, including Indian Education for All, writing across the curriculum, K-16 writing assessment, high school dual enrollment, teaching for social justice, and professional support for all teachers, especially those teaching in rural areas. We welcome experienced educators and pre-service graduate students from all subject areas and grade levels (K-16). The broader the range of educational backgrounds, the more rich and diverse our experience. To apply for this summer’s MWP Institute or to request further information, please email: mwp2@mso.umt.edu 

Applications are due Friday, April 28, 2017 by 5pm.


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