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(OWP) Four-Week Invitational Summer Institute

Date: June 18, 2012 - July 13, 2012

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The Summer Institute provides a supportive, dialogic environment in which to explore possibilities as writers, teachers and leaders. The theory and practice of writing are examined through individual demonstrations, reading, and discussion of current research, writing, and sharing in writing response groups.

Twenty-five K-12 participants from across content areas develop their leadership potential for a variety of roles, including local school/district reform efforts that support the education and success of all of Oregon’s diverse student population. Social justice and social action scaffold the experience in an attempt to embrace democratic ideals.

Participants must submit an application to be accepted into this program. 

Applications due: April 15, 2012.  Interviews begin March 19 and continue as needed. Selected participants will be notified by April 20, 2012, or sooner.

Course Details

Dates:  Monday-Friday, June 18-July 13, 2012 (no class July 4)                               

Time:  9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Instructors: Linda Christensen, M.Ed., OWP Director, and Mark Hansen, M.A.T., OWP Co-Director

Degree-applicable credit: ED 592, 7 semester hours, Fee TBD

Continuing education credit: CEED 892, 7 semester hours, $2,450

Tuition may be supported by school districts or by schools with grant PD funds.

To register, or more information contact Pam Hooten at

Learn more about the Oregon Writing Project

About the Instructors

Linda Christensen, M. Ed. has been involved in the Oregon Writing Project (OWP) since her first National Writing Project Summer Institute in 1980. An often requested keynote speaker at educator conferences nationally and internationally, Linda has taught and/or provided literacy coaching in public schools for 30 years, including seven years as the PPS district language arts specialist, and regularly provides professional development in writing across the curriculum for regional schools. Linda is an activist, leader, and author for Rethinking Schools, a national grassroots teacher reform organization, and author of two books: Reading, Writing and Rising Up and Teaching for Joy and Justice.

Mark Hansen, M.A.T. has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades in Portland Public Schools. In 2010-2011 he was an OWP teacher consultant in five K-8 schools where he presented writing workshops and/or facilitated peer observations, discussions, and lesson planning around writing. He has published articles inRethinking Schools magazine and presented workshops regionally and nationally. During the last two summers he co-taught OWP’s Invitational Summer Institute with Linda Christensen, OWP director. Mark’s article, “Writing for Justice: Persuasion from the Inside Out,” has just recently been published in Rethinking Schools magazine..

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