By Steve Zemelman, Ph.D.
NLU adjunct professor and director of the Illinois Writing Project
National Louis University’s Illinois Writing Project (IWP) is one of the most active and widely praised affiliates of the National Writing Project, a network of university-based professional development programs for educators. The IWP works with teachers across Chicagoland, providing workshops on teaching writing, summer leadership institutes, conferences, kids’ summer writing camps and consulting to help schools achieve in-depth improvement in writing instruction.
Accomplished IWP teacher leaders help teachers make writing meaningful and engaging for students. They guide teachers to organize their classrooms to address students’ individual needs and actively teach and support writing, rather than just make arbitrary assignments and mark them up with comments kids don’t learn from. Students’ writing becomes an authentic use of their voices to communicate with real audiences, and a tool for learning in all subjects. Kids begin to plead for more writing time, rather than moan about dreaded assignments.
This summer, IWP offers its flagship Summer Leadership Institute on July 11-26, funded by the National Writing Project. Also available are a one-week workshop on teaching writing (July 11-15) and a new series of workshops on social-emotional learning and writing that address a major factor in students’ academic success (July 18-20).
You can learn more about the Illinois Writing Project and its summer programs by visiting the website.