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Fall 2012 National Humanities Center’s America in Class Online Seminars

The National Humanities CenterThe National Humanities Center has released its online seminar schedule for Fall 2012. These seminars are targeted to provide ELA and social studies teachers with professional development to deepen their content knowledge and to promote the teaching of the analytical and close reading skills called for by the Common Core Standards. America in Class seminars, conducted by leading scholars, will address how to use primary source materials such as historical documents, literature, and works of art to explore topics such as slavery in British North American and consumer politics in the American Revolution, to study works of literature such as The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Poe’s “The Raven” in context, and to examine how artists depict America–among other topics.

Seminar texts are provided free online.

Seminars typically cost $35 each. Teachers in the Greece Central School District may contact me for a promotional code that will enable you to register for Fall 2012 seminars at no charge.

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Rochester Area Literacy Council September 29 Fall Kick-Off

On Saturday, September 29, the Rochester Area Literacy Council (RALC) kicks off its professional development offerings for the 2012-2013 school year.  “Practical Applications of the Common Core” will feature Genesee Valley BOCES Instructional Services Coordinator Molly Corey who will share the New York State Education Department’s vision for implementing the Common Core Learning Standards as well as instructional strategies that work to support implementation. The session will be held at French Road Elementary School in Brighton from 9 a.m. to noon.
Registration for this event is due by Wednesday, September 26, and is $10 for non-members and $5 for members (self-pay). Participants who submit a conference request form may earn professional development hours. For more information, please contact your school’s Professional Development Policy Board Representative.

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Smithsonian American Art Museum–Clarice Smith National Teacher Institutes

The Smithsonian American Art Museum invites you to join colleagues from across the country for an exploration of the connections among American art, technology, and your curricula. The museum is sponsoring two week-long institutes in Washington, D.C. and the opportunity to stay connected with newfound colleagues and museum staff following the institutes.

Institutes will be held July 9-13, 2012, and July 30-August 3, 2012. Teachers of core subject areas for grades 6-12 are encouraged to apply; however, priority will be given to ELA and social studies teachers.

Online applications are due April 2, 2012.

A limited number of $500 scholarships for institute participation are also available. Scholarship applications are due April 30, 2012.

For more information about the institute, the application, and the scholarship opportunity:

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Genesee Valley Writing Project Extends Application Deadline for Summer Institute to March 15

Back on February 14, I posted information about the Genesee Valley Writing Project’s Summer Institute for K-12 teachers. I have just learned that the application deadline for the institute has been extended to March 15.

I hope you will consider taking advantage of this opportunity to learn more about teaching writing from colleagues and from previous institute fellows.

The link below will take you the University of Rochester’s Genesee Valley Writing Project Summer Institute webpage:


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Upcoming Opportunity

Here’s an opportunity to learn more about teaching writing. Applications are due March 1.

Past participants from Greece Central include MR Maier (a co-facilitator), Alaina DeSiena, Andrew Farmer, Jan Marchetti, Jeanmarie McLaughlin, and Jean Zannie.

From the University of Rochester’s Warner School website:

Genesee Valley Writing Project Summer Institute

July 9 – 27, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
University of Rochester’s River Campus
Download the Summer Institute Brochure

About the Summer Institute
The GVWP offers a three-week annual invitational Summer Institute, which is the centerpiece of the Writing Project experience. The GVWP awards fellowships to a group of teachers from all disciplines and at all levels of instruction, pre-kindergarten through university. Teachers participating in this three-week Institute will have the opportunity to study successful classroom strategies for teaching writing by participating in teacher demonstration workshops. They will read and discuss research in self-selected reading research groups and improve their knowledge of writing by engaging in a collaborative community of writers. Presentations and field trips during the Institute will highlight the local and national resources and expertise available through the National Writing Project network.

The 2012 Summer Institute will be held on the University of Rochester’s River Campus from July 9 through 27, five days each week, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fellows must attend one mandatory Pre-Institute meeting scheduled for Saturday, June 2 and one Pre-Institute coaching session scheduled for Saturday, June 16,  both to be held on the University of Rochester’s River Campus.

Eligible Participants
The GVWP will accept up to 12 Fellows for the 2012 Summer Institute. Applicants must be practicing teachers from any subject or grade level (pre-kindergarten through college level) who embrace writing and literacy as central components of learning in the classroom and who are looking for innovative ways to integrate literacy practices into student learning. We invite educators from urban, suburban, and rural regions of Monroe and surrounding counties to apply for the Summer Institute.

Benefits of a Fellowship
Three graduate credit hours at the Warner School of Education (participants will be required to first use any employee tuition benefits or other applicable scholarships and tuition waivers, with the remainder to be covered by a Warner School tuition waiver – offer not applicable to currently matriculated Warner students); the chance to collaborate with outstanding colleagues; membership in a local and national network of Writing Project Fellows; and approximately 100 hours of professional development may be used toward your district’s PD hours requirement.

Criteria for Selection
Attendance at the Summer Institute is limited by invitation. Those selected will demonstrate:
• Successful classroom teaching
• Commitment to using writing in the classroom
• Openness to new ideas and approaches to teaching
• Willingness to write

How to Apply
Applications for the 2012 Summer Institute should be sent to the following address by March 1:

Joanne Larson, Director, Genesee Valley Writing Project
University of Rochester
Warner School of Education
1-160E Dewey Hall  RC 270425
Rochester, New York 14627

Download the Application
Application packets should include the following: (1) application cover page; (2) one to two page personal statement based on the prompts provided in the application; (3) sample writing assignments and/or student work samples to support the personal statement. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Qualified applicants will be invited for a 30-minute interview with the director/co-directors at the University of Rochester’s River Campus. All interviews will be scheduled by March 31. The final notification of the Summer Institute Fellows will be issued by April 15.  For more information about the 2012 Summer Institute, please call Joanne Larson at (585) 275-0900 or e-mail her

GVWP Follow-up Programs
The community of teacher leaders formed during the Summer Institute becomes the foundation for the continuing work of the GVWP. Writing Project Fellows are encouraged to stay involved with our local and national Writing Project network and are supported in developing community outreach programs, school-based inservice workshops, collaborative partnerships, and teacher study groups to support the goals of the National Writing Project in the Greater Rochester community.

GVWP Leadership Team
Joanne Larson, Director
Professor of Teaching and Curriculum,
Warner School of Education
Maryrita Maier, Co-Director
First grade teacher and Warner doctoral student
Jennifer Smith LaPointe, Co-Director
College writing teacher and Warner doctoral student

Learn more about the Genesee Valley Writing Project

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