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February 2017
Register for Invitational Summer Institute (ISI)
by February 15!

“This doesn’t happen; I have never seen teachers who come back from a professional development experience react this way.  Ever.”

~ Mr. Rich Leone,  Director of Secondary Education of Wooster City Schools,
speaking about the positive impact of the 2016 Invitational Summer Institute

     Be sure to register for NWP-KSU's Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) by February 15! ISI immerses teachers in a reading- and writing-centered environment where they can share ideas for effective strategies that inspire and engage their students. In 2017, NWP-KSU is offering ISI at five satellite sites. Teachers of all content areas may choose to attend any of the following sites:
     Please share all site information with colleagues - and consider joining a local site yourself to refresh your own ISI memories!  Participation costs are:
  • Workshop only - $900
  • Workshop plus 3 graduate workshop credit hours (S/U grading) - $1,350
  • Master's or Doctoral level class - Teaching Writing as a Process - $1,485 (subject to KSU Board of Regents)
     Register by February 15, 2017! Please email questions to Lori Wilfong, Visit the NWP-KSU website for more information about our programs for educators.
Call for Presenters:
Write Here! Write Now!
Theme: Literacy Connections: Strategies for Engaging Learning
Date: June 15, 2017
Place: Kent State University's Main Campus
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Danielle Gruhler, Kent State University
"Capturing the Joy in Writing: Finding Ways to Love the Writer's Life
in an Era of High Stakes, Standards and Rigor"

Deadline for Submissions: March 10, 2017
NWP Teacher Consultants:    
   The NWP-KSU TC Council is looking for TCs who have implemented a successful classroom strategy that they would like to share with teachers from throughout Northeast Ohio. We are now accepting applications for 55-minute workshops to be presented at Write Here! Write Now! on Thursday, June 15, at Kent State University. Sessions should focus on using writing in the learning process and feature proven literacy strategies that attendees can use in their classrooms. 
    If you are interested in presenting, email your completed application to BOTH Kate Walley at and Barb Tschantz at no later than March 10, 2017. You can choose to complete and email either the Word version or pdf version of the application. Open the pdf with Adobe Reader to type your application.
The "Wandering" Book Club
Date: Wednesday, February 15
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Erie Street Kitchen, Venice Cafe, 163 W. Erie in Kent

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland
by Rebekah Crane

     "According to sixteen-year-old Zander Osborne, nowhere is an actual place—and she’s just fine there. But her parents insist that she get out of her head—and her home state—and attend Camp Padua, a summer camp for at-risk teens. Zander does not fit in—or so she thinks. She has only one word for her fellow campers: crazy. In fact, the whole camp population exists somewhere between disaster and diagnosis . . . But amid group “share-apy” sessions and forbidden late-night outings, unlikely friendships form ... and Zander begins to wonder if she could be happy. But first she must come completely unraveled to have any hope of putting herself back together again. " ~ edited from

     Mark your calendar for the following meeting dates. Locations will be announced soon.

     Wednesday, March 15, 6 p.m.
     Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
     Wednesday, April 12, 6 p.m.
     Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
     Wednesday, May 10, 6 p.m.
     My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Mahoning Valley Book Club
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Place: Stonebridge Grill & Tavern (next to Handel's) on Rt. 224,
1497 Boardman-Canfield Rd.

Monday, February 13: Another Brooklyn
by Jacqueline Woodson

     "The acclaimed New York Times bestselling and National Book Award–winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming delivers her first adult novel in twenty years. Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them.
     But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion." ~

Upcoming meetings:

Monday, March 20: The March Trilogy by John Lewis
Monday, April 24: TBD. Bring your book picks or ideas to the next few meetings as we plan for spring and summer!
     Send an email to if you would like help getting a book club started in your area.
Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI):
TC Project Sparks Literacy-Based Strategies
in Content-Area Classrooms
by Jennifer Baker
     When it was time for me to decide on a project for the Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI), I thought about the needs of my school. We had a school-wide goal to increase reading and writing in all subject areas, but I was reminded of something I had read. “Whereas content area teachers might exhibit high levels of confidence or efficacy in their field of expertise, they often do not believe they have sufficient knowledge, abilities, or preparation for integrating literacy instruction into their content area or for addressing students’ general literacy needs” (Greenleaf, et al., 2001)  (qtd. in Chambers, Burns and Calloway  78).
     I assumed that the teachers in my building were experiencing similar feelings of inadequacy in regard to incorporating ELA into their classrooms. This became the perfect opportunity for me to complete my ALI project and provide a service that my school needed.
     My goals were simple: create a professional learning group within our staff, assist teachers in incorporating more ELA in all content-area classrooms, and help teachers meet our school-wide goal of using ELA in their classrooms. Naturally, I hoped all of this would lead to an increased confidence level in using ELA independently. 
     My offer led me to seven amazing teachers who were eager to learn and grow. We met roughly once a month as a whole group and discussed needs, strategies, successes and struggles. I also met with them one on one to try to assist with individual needs. Together, we created rubrics and prompts for math teachers, developed ways to respond to articles for Family and Consumer Science, gave a crash-course in research to social studies classes, wrote poems to respond to art, and crafted lesson strategies for reading a novel in psychology class.
     We even found some children’s books to help teach difficult concepts. While I was happy to help generate resources for these teachers, the best part of the project was seeing what they did themselves. They tried new ideas, took risks, and learned the value of teaching ELA in their classrooms. Through this ALI project, we generated a continued focus and dedication from teachers to use ELA in their content area, increased the use of ELA to approximately 430 students, and improved the confidence of seven teachers in using ELA in their classroom.

Chambers Cantrell, Susan, Leslie David Burns, and Patricia Callaway. "Middle-and High-School Content Area Teachers' Perceptions About Literacy Teaching and Learning." Literacy Research and Instruction 48.1 (2008): 76-94.
Write Here! Write Now!
June 15, 2017
Kent State University Main Campus
     Be sure to save the date for the 2017 Write Here! Write Now! conference. Keynote speaker Danielle Gruhler will inspire teachers with "Capturing the Joy in Writing: Finding Ways to Love the Writer's Life in an Era of High Stakes, Standards and Rigor." Mark your calendar and watch for details!
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