Register for Illinois Writing Project’s 2022 Summer Workshops

introduction to WRITers' WORKSHOP

In this 30-hour introduction to teaching writing, participants will learn engaging and practical strategies that can transform writing in the classroom from a chore to a joy. Educators will participate in a learning community that allows them multiple opportunities to write, delves into current concerns, and employs best practices in writing instruction to develop each student's genius. Participants will learn how to set up, conduct, and manage a writers’ workshop to build strong and successful writers.

Fee: $300 (includes conference registration) - Jan Booth and Dr. Pat Braun

8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 5
In person at El Centro

8:30-10:30 a.m. July 6-8 and 11-14
Independent conferences, asynchronous/by appointment via Zoom

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 15
In person at El Centro

9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 16
Attend NWP - Midwest Conference
In person on the Main Campus

leadership in writing instruction

Strong leadership is an essential component to creating effective learning communities, whether that community is a classroom, a school, or a group of adults working together for a common purpose. In this 15 hour workshop, we will use writing, discussion and research to explore the characteristics of effective leaders, practice guiding protocols, and apply strategies that work to build trust and respect in a group that is learning together. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore a chosen area of interest to apply what they've learned.

Fee: $150 (includes conference registration) - Jan Booth and Dr. Pat Braun

Noon- 2 p.m. July 11-14
Synchronous via Zoom

July 15
Three hours independent conferences, asynchronous/by appointment via Zoom.

9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 16
NWP Midwest Conference, attend and present

Amplifying student voice through technology

Amplifying Student Voice through Technology focuses on equity and the use of technology to strengthen student voice, identity, and authentic assessments. Research shows that activating students’ voices leads to an increased likelihood that students will experience self-worth, engagement, and purpose in school. (Quaglia Institute for School Voice and Aspirations, 2016). By attending this practical and engaging workshop, you will learn ways to ignite student motivation by creating hands-on, experiential projects that reflect their beliefs and passions. There are multiple benefits to personalized learning, and many of them can be accomplished by allowing students to express themselves through the use of technological tools and strategies that highlight their strengths. Attendees will come away from the workshop with a renewed perspective and practical tools to help them accomplish their goals.

Fee: $180: Laurie Hendrickson

9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 11-13
In person at El Centro

SEL: Building classroom community through writing and conversation

At the heart of this workshop is the belief in the power of writing and reading to create classrooms and schools where socialemotional learning flourishes. Participants will leave with practical strategies for embedding social-emotional learning into their literacy instruction. Each will develop a plan that they can use in their classroom to meet their students' needs.

Fee: $150: Rebecca D'Angelo and Sandra Laszkiewicz

12:30-3:30 p.m. July 6
In person at El Centro

1-3 p.m. July 7-8
Online via Zoom

12:30-3:30 p.m. July 11
In person at El Centro

July 6-11
Five hours independent work, asynchronous with conferences by appointment.

nurturing identity in emergent bilinguals through lectoescritura

This nurturing workshop will engage participants in digging in their Lectoescritura instructional identities. Novice and experienced educators will uncover their own reading and writing identities as it relates to language, justice, bias, and Latinx stereotypes. For two full days and a half-day, we will engage in a combination of powerful conversations, writing exercises, reading mentoring texts, and powerful classroom strategies to uncover the writer in you and your emergent bilinguals. Participants will walk away with a wealth of instructional practices that will transform their practices leading to uncovering emergent bilinguals’ language practices into Lectoescritura practices.

Fee: $150: Dr. Adelfio Garcia and Dr. Manuel Adrienzen

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 1-2
In person at El Centro

9 a.m.-noon Aug. 3
(Two hours independent work), asynchronous, with conferences by appointment.

Paying with a district PO? Contact IWP Director Steve Zemelman at or call (847) 674-2318.