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[Online] Four-Week Invitational Summer Institute

Date: 9:00am - 4:00pm SST June 17 Location: Online


Oregon Writing Project’s Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) is an intentional, multi-layered, social justice professional learning experience designed by teachers for teachers to increase educators’ knowledge, confidence, and capacity to help students learn how to write and think with passion and power. The 2020 Summer Institute will be held online.

ISI 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.

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 17-July 10, 2020, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (no class July 3rd)

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

Degree-applicable credit: ED 692, 7 semester hours, Special Discounted Credit Rate ($656/per credit), $4,592.

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

This course is currently full. With questions or for more information, contact Kelly Novahom at

About the Instructor

Linda Christensen, MEd, 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 40 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 editor for Rethinking Schools, a national grassroots teacher reform organization. She is the author and editor of multiple books including: Reading, Writing and Rising Up (2nd edition) and Teaching for Joy and Justice, and Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice.

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