Invitational Leadership Institute 2020 - Application Available Now

The Area 3 Writing Project’s Invitational Leadership Institute for the Teaching of Writing 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 of 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 22-July 16 (16 days; M-Th)

  • Participate in a fall 2020 follow-up meeting

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:

a. Provide a written snapshot of your classroom.  You may include (but don't feel limited to) any of the information below.

  • 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, if possible. (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 

Institute Fellows will receive a stipend of at least $300 for participation in the orientation, coaching day, summer weeks, and school year follow-up events.  Schools and districts may be asked to match this amount to support fellows' participation, but acceptance will not be contingent upon this. 

Fellows may also purchase 9-quarter units of academic credit from UC Davis Extension for approximately $300.

Location: First two weeks (June 22-July 2): UC Davis; Second two weeks (July 6-16): Star Academy; Natomas

Daily parking at UCD is $10 per day. Carpools can be established to help defray costs.

Online application:

Application due on Monday, January 20, 2020  (by 11:59 pm). 

Interviews will be scheduled in late January and February with notification of acceptance in late February.