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Dates: June 5-29, 2017

What is the Summer Invitational Institute?

The Summer Institute provides and promotes professional development in writing instruction for teachers of all grade levels and content areas. Fellows focus on three related activities during the Institute:

  • Demonstrations by teachers of their most successful method for teaching writing
  • Study of current theory and research in the teaching of writing, reading, and thinking
  • Practice in writing and responding to writing in small groups

What can the Institute do for me?

As a Teacher Consultant, you will become part of the lively, collegial Ozarks Writing Project (OWP) community. This network offers:

  • Resources and programs for deepening your knowledge about the teaching of writing and literacy issues
  • Opportunities to grow as a writer
  • Ongoing support to realize new projects and initiatives
  • Access to professional development programs in schools, summer programs for teachers, Young Writer’s Camps, teacher research programs, Saturday Seminar sessions, special interest groups and more

Every student deserves a highly-skilled teacher of writing.


Application Guidelines  |  Important Dates  |  Eligibility  |  Nominate a Colleague 

How do I apply for the Institute?

STEP 1: Follow the link below to let us know you are interested in becoming a Summer Institute Fellow.

Intent to Apply

STEP 2: Prepare the following materials in a single application package:

  • A Letter of Application which describes:
    • How and why you use writing in the classroom
    • Your goals as a learner
    • What you hope to gain from and contribute to the Institute
  • A Professional Resume
  • A Letter of Recommendation from a principal, department head, Ozarks Writing Project (OWP) Teacher Consultant, or other administrator qualified to comment on your teaching and professional work

STEP 3: Submit your application materials to



Important Dates

Application Deadline: Saturday, April 1, 2017

Candidate Interviews: Saturday, April 8, 2017

Orientation Day: Saturday, April 29, 2017

Teaching Demonstration Coaching Day: Saturday, May 20, 2017

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Who is eligible for the Institute?

OWP seeks exemplary teachers K-16 from all content areas. Selection is based on these criteria:

  • Commitment to writing as a way to learn and to communicate learning
  • Potential for leadership
  • Recommendation from a building administrator or department head

If you meet these eligibility requirements, your application will be reviewed for acceptance. The Application Review Process is as follows:

  • Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee made up of OWP Fellows representing various regions and educational levels.
  • In selecting new Fellows, the selection committee will strive for a balanced distribution of teachers from different grade levels (K-College), subject-area disciplines, and geographical regions.

The application process will normally include an interview as a final step prior to the Fellowship appointment.

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Nominate a Colleague

Do you work with a colleague you would like to nominate for OWP’s 2017 Summer Institute? We are seeking teachers who desire to improve their writing instruction through study of best practice principles and quality professional development. Our aim is to recruit dedicated, compassionate educators who are ready for the next level of becoming teacher-leaders.

Submit a Nomination


A Few Words from 2016 Participants

"As a result of my participation in the Summer Institute, I have grown as a writer, as a teacher, as a person." –Cheri Downs, History/Government, Republic High School

"The experience...allowed me to reflect on my classroom more and to really think about who I am as a teacher and what my role is in education. This is a luxury that I have found helpful in my growth as an educator." –Sofie Kondro, English, Reeds Spring High School

"The Summer Institute completely transformed the way I will incorporate writing into the classroom. Through each demo I had to opportunity to experience, I was able to gather pieces of information that I will bring into my world history classes." –Brooke Monteith, History, Republic High School

"It, without exaggeration, has changed my life as a teacher." –Farrell Nicholson, English, Koshkonong High School

"Everyone who told me about SI said it would be 'life-changing.' They were spot-on! It has been so beneficial to me to have the opportunity to learn new strategies from my peers. SI has made me think about what I want to see happen in my classroom as far as improving on the writing my students did last year!" –Laurel Rogers, English, Richland High School

"I am excited to jump back into school, a feeling that I rarely have only a month into summer, and I am excited to spread my knowledge to my peers. I have not only grown as a writer but also have gained confidence in my ability to teach." –Amanda Wood, English, Pleasant Hope High School


Amy Knowles, Ozarks Writing Project Co-Director
Missouri State University
Siceluff Hall 338
907 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897
Dr. Gretchen Teague, English Language Arts and Theatre Teacher
Central High School
Room 106
423 E. Central St.
Springfield, MO 65802

Tanya Hannaford, English Language Arts Teacher
Mt. Vernon High School
400 W. Hwy 174
Mt. Vernon, MO 65712