Invitational Summer Institute

June 23 to July 24, 2014
California State University San Marcos
Monday through Thursday from 8:30-4:00

The San Marcos Writing Project (SMWP) provides opportunities in professional development for teacher practitioners (K-12), administrators, and curriculum specialists. The SMWP is a National Writing Project site dedicated to the improvement of student learning through the effective teaching of writing. Our aim is for fellows to come away from the Institute with a renewed sense of excitement about and commitment to writing and the teaching of writing.

  • The San Marcos Writing Project, based at CSUSM, was established to give teachers an opportunity to expand their skills in teaching writing.
  • Teachers will attend a five-week (four days a week) intensive institute and four half-day follow-up meetings on Saturdays during the following academic year.
  • Participants will receive a $600 stipend for attending the five-week summer institute and $200 for attending a fall meeting and $200 for participating in a winter conference.  There is no cost to district or school.
  • Credit toward EDUC 618 Teaching Writing in Diverse Settings, Advanced writing instruction, Writing for the 21st century or other available approved courses (maximum of 6 credits available) can be awarded (for only the processing fee, not full graduate tuition).


Demonstrations by fellows:
Each Fellow will deliver a presentation to the group within the area of his or her expertise. Presenters will be encouraged to share specific lesson plans and provide handouts and suggested reading lists. Presenters may ask the group to participate in writing exercises and other assignments. These presentations are a part of the "teachers teaching teachers" approach of the institute and designed to facilitate information and technique sharing, and problem solving among the Fellows.

Peer writing and response:
Fellows will spend many afternoons writing. Then they will break up into small groups to share and work on improving their writing.

Outside consultants:
Outside consultants will be invited to address the group on topics of particular concern including meeting the needs of ELD students, teaching students to revise, using literature as models, aligning curriculum to the standards, helping students prepare for the direct writing assessments, etc.

San Marcos Writing Project

Application, plus requested materials are due by April 25, 2014.

Have questions?
Contact SMWP Director
Laurie Stowell