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Join us for the MT Writing Teacher Online PLC!
May 10, 2017
3:45 pm

Join teacher Melissa Horner and Professor Rob Petrone as they guest-host this week’s PLC on Social Justice and Literacy. Read this article, and be ready join the writing conversation via this google document. Participate in the live conversation, then go to the Teacher Learning Hub to earn a renewal unit. You can even view past PLC meetings and earn renewal units for those, too.

Simply click here to join the online conversation on Wednesday, May 10! See you there.

Looking for High-quality Professional Learning? Need Renewal Units?

Check out the Teacher Learning Hub. The Kinder-2nd grade writing strategy course has been hugely popular and is getting rave reviews! We recently added a third-fifth grade focused course as well. Check them out on the Teacher Learning Hub.

  • Write From the Start: K-2 Writing Strategies
  • Writing to Learn: 3-5 Writing Strategies
  • Writing Across the Disciplines in grades 5-12

Great Summer Professional Learning Opportunities

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. If you are already pursuing a graduate program, these credits are likely to be transferable.

Email expressions of interest to 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.  Participants will hear from Holocaust survivors and meet with Billings' Beth Aaron community. Three graduate credits can be earned for only $135, thanks to funding from the Memorial Library, the Olga Lengyel Institute and Humanities Montana.  Apply now. Space is limited. For more information, or to apply now.


Advanced Institute, AI: June 19-23

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: 

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


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