Invitational Summer Institute

Become a teacher consultant and join our cadre of teacher leaders

If you are a teacher who looks forward to summer as an opportunity for personal growth and professional development, with ample time for reflection and without the pressures of the school year, welcome to this Invitational Summer Institute.

In the institute, teachers will take turns leading a writing lesson for the group.  Everyone participates in the hands-on lesson and gives feedback to the presenter.  By the end of the institute, you will have experienced twenty unique presentations, containing many possibilities and approaches to writing instruction for you to incorporate into your own practice.

The afternoons will be spent in small group writing sessions led by an experienced facilitator.  After debriefing the morning experiences, the writing begins. Writers may develop their personal writing or may use prompts the facilitator offers.  Your group will give feedback on your writing and support you in developing your presentation.

In three weeks time, in addition to earning college credit, you will become a teacher consultant with SJAWP.  As a teacher consultant, you may be invited to present at Saturday Seminars, to lead professional development in schools, or to teach students in our summer programs.

Perhaps the best reason to attend the ISI is the camaraderie you will experience with other teachers who love teaching and who are looking to stretch and grow their writing instruction. The relationships you develop with your fellow participants will last a life time.

The writing project can be your place to refresh, to rethink, to reconnect.

Mark your calendar for ISI 2021

June 21 - July 9, 2021

Orientation: Saturday June 21, 2021

Afternoon writing groups
Afternoon writing groups

Teacher presentations
Teacher presentations


Afternoon writing groups
Afternoon writing groups


Earn graduate college credits

All participants receive a stipend of $450. Those needing units may use this stipend to pay for 3 of the 6 units, at $150/unit, for which their institute participation qualifies them.

Refresh. Rethink. Reconnect.

A typical day in ISI looks like this:

8:45-9:00     Breakfast, check-in

9:00-9:15     Inspirational and professional reading

9:15-12:30   Presentations and feedback

12:30-1:00   Lunch​

1:00​-3:30      Afternoon writing groups




Mark your calendar

ISI 2021 Orientation, June 12, 2021

Daily sessions will run

June 21 - July 9, 2021

There is no charge for the ISI. Funding is provided through grants from the California and National Writing Projects and by income provided by other San Jose Area Writing Project programs.

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The ISI meets at San Jose State University in Sweeney Hall. Multi–week parking permits are provided for everyone selected for the program.

Note: The application process requires you to provide SJAWP with a letter of recommendation from your principal or district administrator. You will be contacted by a teacher consultant for an over-the-phone interview after your written application has been reviewed. We look forward to hearing from you.

Invitational Institute Co-directors


Dr. Jonathan Lovell


Professor Emeritus, English Education

Department of English & Comparative Literature

Director of the San Jose Area Writing Project

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Nancy Kennett


English Teacher

Piedmont Hills High School

East Side Union HSD

River Brown


Retired Literacy Intervention Coach

San José Area Writing Project Associate Director