Oregon Writing Project at Eastern Oregon University
Serving kindergarten through college teachers in all content areas since 1991
Teaching Ideas Institutes: Each summer, the OWP hosts two three-week invitational Teaching Ideas Institutes. Teachers from all disciplines and grade levels are invited to develop effective teaching strategies to enhance student learning and performance through an emphasis on writing. Locations rotate among Bend, La Grande, Ontario, Pendleton, and Redmond. 2014 dates and locations:
- Treasure Valley: June 16-July 3
- Central Oregon: August 4-21
Treasure Valley Teaching Ideas Institute 2012
Leadership: The OWP mission asserts that “teachers are agents of reform.” To that end, the OWP provides opportunities for teachers to share strategies with other practitioners and to take leadership roles in their buildings, schools, districts, and communities as advocates for effective teaching and professional development. Each summer the OWP provides a one-week Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI) for experienced OWP Teacher Consultants who develop leadership projects. The 2013 ALI will occur June 24-27 in Ontario. 2013 ALI Flyer.
Eastern Promise: The OWP has partnered with the Eastern Promise to pilot a credit-by-proficiency pathway to college credit for high school students. The Eastern Promise Language Arts PLC determined Writing 121 outcomes and assessments, and participating teachers are implementing them during the 2012-13 academic year. More…
Eastern Oregon Word Round-Up: The OWP will present a session at the second annual Eastern Oregon Word Round-Up at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton September 28, 2013: http://easternoregonwordroundup.org/
basalt Teachers’ Workshop: As a companion to the Student Writers’ Workshop, basalt editors Jodi Varon and David Axelrod provide the basalt Teacher’s Workshop, a half-day opportunity to practice a particular writing technique while students are enjoying their own workshop sessions. 2012 Flyer.
School-Based Professional Development: The OWP can bring standards-aligned, research-based, credit-bearing, cost-effective professional development to your school. We work with teachers and administrators to develop appropriate programs that value existing expertise and harness teacher dialogue to improve practice. More…
Writers’ Retreats: The OWP believes that teachers of writing should also be writers and provides time and space to practice the craft. Time spent writing, sharing, thinking, eating, and enjoying nature is rejuvenating, and relaxed contact with other teachers provides opportunities for discussing classroom practice and developing a network of peers.
Networking: As an affiliate of the National Writing Project, the OWP provides opportunities for teachers to network across regions and across state boundaries as part of the Oregon Writing Project State Network, the Northern Lights Regional Network, the NWP Rural Sites Network, and the NWP itself.