Lowcountry Writing Project
The 2018 Invitational Summer Institute was held at The Citadel June 18 to July 13. Fifteen outstanding teachers from across the Lowcountry were selected to participate. Although the 2018 Institute is over, we anticipate hosting another Institute in the Summer of 2019. Once those dates are set, we will post them here.
Teachers who successfully completed the Institute received FREE credit for two graduate courses at The Citadel: ENGL 550, Professional Writing, and EDUC 589, Writing Methods, which provides Read2Succeed credit for the Instructional Practices course (required for elementary teachers).
The 2018 Institute involved:
1) An orientation and goal-setting meeting with the participants, LWP co-directors, and partners prior to the Institute.
2) For the first two weeks of the Institute—June 18 through June 28—teachers explored new writing genres and digital tools, listened to and provided peer presentations on high-quality writing instruction, and read about research-based methods to support students’ writing. We tried out many of these methods out for ourselves while receiving feedback from other expert teachers. During this time, participants set goals for how they might integrate innovative supports for writing and literacy into their classroom or school contexts. We also visited Mother Emanuel Church and the Isle of Palms as we considered the relationship between writing and place.
3) During the third week of the Institute, July 9-13, we hosted an amazing Young Writers’ Camp sponsored by SC Humanities for students from downtown elementary and middle schools. The camp, which was free for the students, allowed the teachers to try out some of the techniques and strategies learned in the first two weeks. In the afternoons, teachers reflected collaboratively upon our practice.
If you have any questions about the LWP or the Summer Institute, please contact Lauren Rule Maxwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From top to bottom: Teachers in the Summer Institute, the Young Writers Camp, and a view into the camp’s poetry workshop with Charleston poet laureate Marcus Amaker.