University of Wisconsin–Madison

Invitational Summer Institute


July 9 – August 2, 2018
Monday through Friday
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin

IMAGINE  . . .

  • a nationally-acclaimed professional learning community that puts the knowledge, experience, and voices of teachers at the center;
  • the power of your own writing and scholarly inquiry;
  • the skills and confidence to take your writing instruction into the digital age;
  • the support, resources, and opportunities you need to have the career of your dreams.

About the Institute
The Greater Madison Writing Project’s (GMWP) Invitational Summer Institute brings together a select group of outstanding teachers working with student-writers in all academic content areas and at all grade levels, kindergarten through college. Supported by the GMWP directors and each other, these teachers spend four weeks immersed in writing, reading, and teacher inquiry workshops, ultimately returning to their schools as GMWP Teacher-Leaders. In this capacity they may provide professional development within their districts, present their research in local, regional, and national venues, and contribute to the ongoing growth of the GMWP—to name just a few of countless possibilities. In this way, the Summer Institute represents the first leg in what thousands of Writing Project Teacher-Leaders around the country have described as a career-transforming journey.

Application and Selection Process
In assembling a cohort of 14-18 teachers for the GMWP Summer Institute, the selection committee will prioritize diversity across grade levels (K-16), content areas, regions (urban, rural, suburban), and school districts (small and large).  The process is as follows:

1.  Applications are due on Sunday, March 12.
2.  Select applicants will be invited to interview in March.
3.  Decisions will be communicated to all applicants by April 3.
4.  ISI Fellows confirm acceptance no later than April 10.
5.  ISI Fellows must be able to attend a pre-institute orientation on Saturday, April 22.

Cellmer Fellowships

Teachers selected for the ISI enroll for six UW-Madison credits, the cost of which is covered by GMWP Cellmer Fellowship funding. In addition to scholarships for tuition, Cellmer Fellows are also eligible for:

  • on-going support from the GMWP during the 2017-2018 school year
  • support to attend and present at regional, state, and national conferences
  • opportunities to develop and deliver professional development

Summer & Yearlong Institute Application

  • Please choose all institutes that you are interested in. Interviews will be held after applications are submitted in order to determine which institute accepted participants will be placed in.
  • Please include an essay of no more than 1,000 words in which you address: - how you teach writing and why you teach it that way - your reasons for wanting to become a part of the Greater Madison Writing Project - the attributes that you would bring to the project as a teacher, learner, and writer Special note: Just as there's no one right way to teach writing, there are no right answers to the above prompts. Please be candid and be yourself. In that same spirit, we encourage you to construct your essay in a way that best represents your own talents, interests, voice, and style.
  • Upload a copy of your resume here.