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March 2017
Invitational Summer Institute (ISI)
Deadline Extended to April 15
    Teachers of all content areas: You still have the opportunity to sign up for an immersive experience that can transform your teaching! The registration deadline for NWP-KSU's Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) has been extended to April 15. ISI is a reading- and writing-centered environment where teachers can share ideas for effective strategies that inspire and engage their students. In 2017, NWP-KSU is offering ISI at five satellite sites. Participants can choose 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!  Need more information? Save or print the FAQs for yourself and to share with colleagues who might join you. 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 April 15, 2017! Please email questions to Lori Wilfong, Visit the NWP-KSU website for more information about our programs for educators.
Middle School and High School Teachers:
Join the Advanced Institute
for the College-Ready Writers Program (CRWP)
Deadline for Applications: March 15
Limited Number of Stipends Available to Participants
      NWP-KSU has received a grant to hold an Advanced Institute for the College-Ready Writers Program (CRWP) for 2017-18. You have an opportunity to join TCs who share your passion for reading and writing as we explore strategies to keep students engaged in the classroom while crafting well-supported, logically written arguments.
     CRWP provides tools such as "Using Sources" and "Exploring the Claim, Evidence and Reasoning" to help students understand others' viewpoints and support their own arguments. The insights you gain through the Institute will help prepare your students for college and beyond.
     The Institute will be led by TCs Tammy Anfang and Jennifer Baker. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. The grant, funded by the National Writing Project, provides for 12 participants to receive stipends of $500 to $600. While enrollment is primarily on a first-come, first-served basis, teachers from high-needs schools will be given higher consideration to enroll and receive a stipend, due to the requirements of the grant.
     Applications are due March 15. Details and the registration form are also available on the NWP-KSU Programs for Educators section of our website. Please contact Kate Walley at with questions.
Registration Open for
Write Here! Write Now!
Theme: Literacy Connections: Strategies for Engaging Learning
Date: June 15, 2017
Place: Kent State University Student Center, Kent 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"
   Capture the joy in writing! Reserve your spot now at NWP-KSU's annual Write Here! Write Now! Conference featuring keynote speaker Dr. Danielle Gruhler, associate professor in Kent State University's School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies. Dr. Gruhler will share thoughts on inspiring students as writers, while managing today's standardized-testing environment.
    A variety of 55-minute workshops are planned for teachers of all content areas. Preliminary topics include using technology to pique students' interest in writing; starting with the conclusion to help students form their thoughts for argument writing; and using patterns to help students respond in writing.
   Cost is $65 by the early bird deadline, May 1. After May 1, the cost is $70. Graduate credit is also available for $250 for participants who attend WHWN on June 15 and a follow-up workshop on June 16. All registrations must be received by May 31.
Call for Presenters:
Write Here! Write Now!
Deadline for Submissions: March 10
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, March 15
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Erie Street Kitchen, Venice Cafe, 163 W. Erie in Kent

Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterley    
         Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.
     Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia, and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

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

     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, March 20: The March Trilogy
by John Lewis

     Discover the inside story of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of one of its most iconic figures, Congressman John Lewis. March is the award-winning, #1 bestselling graphic novel trilogy recounting his life in the movement, co-written with Andrew Aydin and drawn by Nate Powell.

Mark your calendar:
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.
TCs Travel to Washington, D.C.,
for National Writing Project Spring Meeting
     TCs Tammy Anfang and Jennifer Baker will represent NWP-KSU at the National Writing Project's spring meeting, March 22-24 in Washington, D.C. Tammy and Jenny will take part in sessions related to the College-Ready Writers Program (CRWP) in preparation for NWP-KSU's Advanced Institute for CRWP that begins in June.
     TC Carol Roger is also attending the annual meeting. During her time in D.C., Carol will visit legislators' offices to update them on the impact of the National Writing Project on teachers and students throughout Northeast Ohio.
Poem from ISI 2016
Accepted for Publication
     TC Mike Sexton recently received word that a poem he wrote during the 2016 Invitational Summer Institute in Wooster has been accepted for online publication by Crack the Spine Literary Magazine. The organization publishes a weekly digital journal, and items selected for online publication are considered for print publication in Crack the Spine's quarterly journal. Watch for the link to Mike's poem in an upcoming newsletter.
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