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Summer Institutes

Dates for 2017:
June Writing Institute: June 19-23, 2017
June Reading Institute: June 26-30, 2017
August Writing Institute: July 31-August 4, 2017
August Reading Institute: August 7-11, 2017

Download the 2016 Summer Institute Brochure

For over 30 years, educators have come together at Teachers College for summer institutes on the teaching of reading and writing. Well over 170,000 teachers have attended our week-long institutes.

Together, staff developers at the Project and educators from across the globe study methods and plan curricula, revitalize our thinking, and most importantly, encourage our students to lead rich and literate lives. Many educators have told us that they regard these institutes as a continual source of professional renewal and education. During the school year, many institute participants continue to study with staff developers in their schools and return to TC for conferences conducted by leading literacy experts and children’s book authors.

We offer two five-day institutes on the Teaching of Reading and two five-day institutes on the Teaching of Writing. The reading and writing institutes are taught back to back, first in June/July and then again in August. These institutes are designed for educators, classroom teachers, school administrators and curriculum specialists who are committed to turning classrooms into richly literate reading and writing workshops.

The following is a partial list of some of the topics studied at each of the Institutes:

Writing Institute Highlights

  • Common Core-aligned curriculum development in the teaching of writing
  • Creating ambitious goals that encourage independence, volume, qualities of good writing and craft
  • Genre studies in writing essays, short fiction and informational texts
  • Methods of holding students accountable for doing their best work
  • Teaching reading in the writing workshop
  • Classroom structures that support inquiry and collaboration
  • Using performance assessments and writing continua to develop data-based instruction in writing
  • Toolkits, charts and other resources that support writers in revision
  • Teaching students to research towards source-based information and argument writing
  • Using technology to enhance the research and writing process

Reading Institute Highlights

  • The central role of curriculum development in the teaching of reading
  • Units of study in the reading workshop
  • Aligning reading instruction to the Common Core Standards
  • Comprehension strategy instruction
  • The importance of assessment-based instruction
  • Methods of holding students accountable for doing their best work
  • Teaching interpretation, synthesis and critical reading
  • Using learning progressions to plan for instructional next steps
  • Classroom structures that support inquiry and collaboration
  • Supporting cross-textual work in nonfiction
  • Reading across the curriculum