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Continuing Education

Four-Week Invitational Summer Institute

Date: 9:00am PDT June 26 Location: Exact location TBD (N/NE Portland School)

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Exact location TBD (N/NE Portland School)

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.

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. 

Past participants have said…

“The Oregon Writing Project reminded me of why I decided to teach in the first place, a sense of purpose that has been lost amongst test scores and data this past year. It reminded me of getting kids excited about real world issues/social justice and their writing. I also collected a ton of strategies, texts, and activities that I can use in units I already do.”

“I learned how to break down the art of writing, revising, and editing, and a plethora of fresh ways to approach content. The most important aspect of teaching is to use an inquiry-based approach because what is effective is not always efficient. Let the students build the knowledge while I facilitate the process.”

“The real talk and experience of social justice curricula showed me how a revolutionary curriculum can truly fire up students and imbue a class with purpose.”


“I learned the value of allowing students to self-select whenever possible the topic or way of writing; this increases the engagement of students. I also learned that using good mentor text and giving time for sharing and reflection makes for better, more thoughtful writers.”

“Next year I will teach history only for the first time. This class taught me that writing should be a core part of my history curriculum because writing is an authentic way to approach all subjects.”

Program Details & Application

Dates: June 26 - July 21, 2017 (no class July 4)

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Instructors: Linda Christensen, MEd, OWP Director, and OWP Teacher Consultants

Degree-applicable credit: ED 692, 7 semester hours, Credit Rate TBA

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

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

Participants must submit an application to be accepted into this program. Early decision application deadline: March 10. Interviews begin March 13, or sooner. Early decision participants will be notified by April 14, or sooner. If space is still available after early decision applicants are accepted, then the FINAL deadline for other applications is April 28. Please be aware that in Spring 2016, OWP’s Summer Institute was full to capacity by spring break, and no applications were accepted in April. Sending your application in by March 10 could be a good idea for 2017.

Click here to download details about the application calendar and costs

Click here to download the application

For more information, contact Pam Hooten at 503-768-6132 or phooten@lclark.edu.

About the Instructor

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.

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