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Four-Week Invitational Summer Institute

Date: 9:00am PDT June 23, 2014 Location: TBD, Off Campus

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TBD, Off Campus

Oregon Writing Project’s Invitational Summer Institute provides a supportive, dialogic environment for K-12 educators from across the curriculum to 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.

Participants will examine the theory and practice of writing through individual demonstrations, readings and discussion of current research, writing, and sharing in response groups. 

Social justice and social action scaffold the Summer Institute experience in an attempt to embrace democratic ideals.

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

Since space is still available, second round applications are due April 18, 2014. Second round applicants will be notified May 1, 2014, or sooner

  • The Oregon Writing Project (OWP), is a collaboration program between Lewis & Clark and metropolitan or rural area schools and districts, and offers programs designed to improve the writing of Oregon’s K-12 students and teachers. 

Program Details & Application

Dates: June 23-July 18, 2014 (no class July 4)

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Instructors: Linda Christensen, M.Ed., OWP Director, and Katharine Johnson, M.A.T., OWP Co-Director

Degree-applicable credit: ED 692, 7 semester hours, $3,500*

Continuing education credit: CEED 829, 7 semester hours, $2,450

*Degree-applicable tuition rates are subject to change 

Some districts reimburse all or part of the tuition for this program. 

Click here to download the application

For more information, contact Pam Hooten at 503-768-6132 or

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.

Katharine Johnson, M.A.T.teaches middle school at Irvington K-8 in Portland, Oregon. She has taught in grades 1-8 for fifteen years and served as a writing coach and then K-8 language arts specialist in PPS schools for six years. Katharine is also co-director of the Oregon Writing Project and active in Rethinking Schools. Katharine received the Ed Elliott Human Rights Award on April 20 from the Oregon Education Association. The Ed Elliott Human Rights Award recognizes contributions and leadership that advocates for social justice to promote quality of access, representation, and opportunity for all. 

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