University of Wisconsin–Madison

Yearlong Institute

About the Yearlong Institutes

The Greater Madison Writing Project’s (GMWP) Yearlong Institutes brings together select groups of outstanding educators working with student-writers in all academic content areas and at all grade levels, kindergarten through college. Supported by GMWP facilitators and each other, these educators spend two weeks during the summer immersed in writing, reading, and researching their own teaching of writing. During the school year the educators in the DeForest, and Middleton locations will meet monthly to support one another as they implement, evaluate, and revise the instructional changes they researched and developed as part of an action research project during the summer. Educators in the Waunakee location will similarly meet monthly to support one another through the process of implementing, evaluating and revising the instructional changes researched and developed in summer, but will have a special focus on creating a professional blogging community that writes publicly about the work. The Yearlong Institute represents the first leg in what thousands of Writing Project Teacher-Leaders around the country have described as a career-transforming journey.

Dates & Locations

DeForest: July 10-21

Waunakee: July 10 – 21

Middleton: July 17 – 28

Rock County / Southern Dane: June 26 – 29 & July 24 – 27

Necedah Area: July 17 – 21 & August 14 – 18

Academic Year Dates for All Locations

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
9/20, 10/18, 12/6, 1/17, 2/21, 3/14, 4/18, 5/16, and 6/15

Application and Selection Process
In assembling a cohort of 10-14 teachers for each GMWP Yearlong Institute, the selection committee will prioritize diversity across grade levels (K-16), content areas, regions (urban, rural, suburban), and school districts.  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.  Yearlong particpants confirm acceptance no later than April 10.
5.  Yearlong participants must be able to attend a pre-institute orientation on Saturday, April 22.


Registration for the Yearlong Institute is $1,200, which includes three optional UW-Madison graduate level credits. Participants also have the option of earning an additional three credits at a reduced rate. Educators in our partner districts (DeForest, Madison Country Day, Middleton, Waunakee, and Wingra) will have registration cost covered by the district. Applicant from UW-Madison Partner School Network schools are eligible for scholarships that will cover 50% of the registration cost.

Upon completion of the Yearlong Institute, participants become Greater Madison Writing Project Fellow and are eligible for:

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

If you are an educator from a non-partner district, we would be happy to discuss with your school/district administration why this is a great investment of professional development resources. We can also assist you in finding additional sources of potential funding.

Apply now for Summer 2018 + the 2018-19 School Year!

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.