Summer Invitational Institute 2016

The information below is for the 2016 Invitational Leadership Institute (the last time it was held).  It is for your information only and some details may change for Summer 2018

The application for the 2018 Invitational Leadership Institute for the Teaching of Writing will be available in mid-December. Please check back here or contact us to be added to our email contact list.  An announcement will be sent out when the application window is open.


The Area 3 Writing Project’s Invitational Summer Institute invites 15-20 teachers representing different grade levels, experience, school districts, and curricular areas to discuss writing practices, examine and critique current research, and engage in professional and personal writing.

The Writing Project recognizes the expertise of successful classroom teachers and puts these teachers to work teaching others. This is a model that celebrates superior teaching and superior teachers, a model that puts a premium on what is working and what is possible in all classrooms

Who should apply?

  • Educators and administrators with a minimum of three years experience.

  • Teachers of all grade levels (K-College) and disciplines, including teachers of math, science, English, social studies, art, ELD, music, PE, special education, and foreign language.

  • Reflective teachers who are willing to share their expertise and learn from others

Expectations of Participants

  • Read and discuss current research on literacy issues.

  • Create a present a 75-minute, inquiry-based teaching demonstration of an effective writing approach you have used with students.

  • Write and share writing in response groups.

  • Attend orientation 

  • Participate in workshop coaching day 

  • Attend all 16 days of the Institute

    • June 18-July 12 (4 days per week, M-Th. Adjustments will be made for July 4th week.)

  • Participate in two to three follow-up meetings during the following school year

Application Process and Timeline

1. Complete the application (see the link below). In addition to personal contact information, applicants are asked to respond to the following prompts:

a. Provide a written snapshot of your classroom.  You may include any of the information below, if applicable.  

  • Describe your students and their writing strengths and challenges.

  • What does typical writing instruction look like?

  • What successes and challenges do you face as a teacher of writing?

  • In what ways do you collaborate with other teachers?

  • What inquiries into your teaching would you like to investigate?

b. During the Institute, each Fellow gives an inquiry-based teaching demonstration that focuses on an approach used to teach an aspect of literacy. Describe one or two possible approaches that you’ve used with students that might be a focus of your demonstration. 

c. What are your reasons for wanting to become a part of the Area 3 Writing Project, and what attributes would you bring as a teacher, learner, and leader?

It is suggested that you cut and paste essay answers from another source. Please print a copy for your records.

2. Applicants will be reviewed by A3WP directors and Institute co-leaders. In selecting applicants for interviews, reviewers strive for a balance of Fellows who represent different grade levels (K-College), subject-area disciplines, and geographic regions. A minimum of three years of teaching experience is required.

3. Interviews are scheduled for January/February on late afternoons and Saturdays at UC Davis. Interviewees are requested to bring samples of student writing connected with the strategy described in question B of the application (see above)

4. Applicants will be notified in early March regarding acceptance.

5. Attendance at all of the events listed above (orientation, coaching day, and 16 days of the summer institute) is required for all applicants.

Fellowship Stipends and Academic Credit - The information below may change for 2018. This information is for the 2016 ILI.

Institute Fellows receive a $500 stipend for participation in the orientation, coaching day, summer weeks, and school year follow-up events. There is no cost to teachers’ schools or districts. Fellows may also purchase 9-quarter units of academic credit from UC Davis Extension for approximately $300. Daily parking is $9, but carpools can be established to help defray costs.