Summer Institute 2023

June 19 - July 7, 2023 in Grand Rapids, MI

The Summer Institute is a fellowship for teachers who want to improve their writing instruction by rekindling their own creative and critical voices. For three weeks you will read, write, and reflect on your teaching practice with respectful, curious, and fun-loving colleagues. You will become a teacher-scholar with power over your practice.

Participants who successfully complete the fellowship will receive a full three-credits for ENG 632, supported by grant-funding. The Summer Institute is co-led by elementary, secondary, and college educators.

A group of teachers sit around a table talking during Summer Institute


"The most enriching program I've ever completed as a teacher and as a writer."
- Colleen Alles (2013)

"Those few weeks changed how I have approached teaching ever since and, to this day, I remain in close contact with my Summer Institute fellows."
- Kim Bolt (2015)

"Honestly, when I left that summer, I felt lighter — like the burden of the job was now shared, not mine alone. Without question, Summer Institute was the best professional development I've ever had."
- David Theune (2013)





Week 1

Monday, June 19 - Thursday, June 22, 2023

Narrative: What the heck happened?  
Culture is shifting under our feet, and we're trying to keep our balance as teachers, as citizens, as people. Come reflect on what has happened in your life this last year and study narrative strategies to craft beauty out of the mess. 

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Week 2

Monday, June 26 - Thursday, June 29, 2023

Essay: What have I felt and what do I value? 
Faced with a quickly-evolving culture, take time to define your values and the very words that you use to make sense of experience. Immerse yourself in the best essays that make you see, feel, and wonder. 

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Week 3

Monday, July 3 - Friday, July 7, 2023 (the Institute does not meet July 4)

Persuasion: What do you need to do next, and who needs to be convinced to do it with you? 
Let's work together to advocate for the changes that will make life and learning better next year.  Hear how other citizens are crafting texts that move mountains.

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


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