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Rhode Island Writing Project 2019 Summer Institute

July 8-26​, 2019​​​


A three week immersive professional development experience for teachers of all content areas who are committed to writing and the teaching of writing.

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HeARTS in Action: Literacy Practices to Foster SEL

The SI is at the core of the National Writing Project’s teachers-teaching-teachers model for professional development. Every summer, thoughtful, committed educators from K-16 in all disciplines come together to renew their identities as writers and to share their expertise. Together, we explore critical and progressive theories of teaching writing in the analog and digital realms, engage in inquiry, and develop new pedagogical skills and practices.

Summer Institute Group photo

Important Dates

  • Nomination/Application Period
    Now- May 1
  • Meet and Greet Orientation
    June 1, 10am-12pm
  • Summer Institute
    M-F, July 8-26, 9am-2pm
  • Reunion Meetings
    2 Meetings TBD during the school year
  • Spring Conference 2020
    Workshop presentation inspired by your summer and school year learning

All meetings and events will be held on campus at Rhode Island College, but some travel will be required for Field Trip Fridays.​​

Why Participate?

  • Learn new skills and practices for teaching writing;
  • Join a community of supportive, like-minded educators;
  • Draft and publish your own writing;
  • Earn a $300 stipend;
  • Become a RIWP Teacher Consultant and offer PD to colleagues at your school and around the state; and
  • Optional: Earn 3 graduate credits (EDC 540: Teaching of Writing; Practice and Inquiry, from RIC)


Nominate a colleague or apply now at​


Brittany Richer, Lawn School, Jamestown, 6th Grade ELA

Emmanuel Ramos, North Providence High School, English Department


Contact us at​


I have a renewed commitment to positioning my students as political actors and a renewed commitment to a focus on social/emotional learning. I feel deeply that teachers have the potential to make a student see him or herself as a powerful agent of change.

Through the folks I met at SI, I not only feel a stronger sense of community with rad local teachers, but I've started to really live and breathe the best version of myself, while also approaching my areas for improvement in a growth mindset light... I can't thank RIWP enough for getting me amped while also providing a safety net of support beyond the walls of my new school.

I feel an urgency that I haven't felt in a long time - a need to disrupt any narrative that oppresses. There is no solid line between personal, professional, or political anymore. I feel energized by the pedagogy and the practical teaching ideas I found at RIWPSI!

I feel as if attending the RIWP SI has opened my eyes and re-energized me just in time for this new school year. Not only was I able to experience the power of writing and sharing within a trusted community of learners, but I was also able to tie certain aspects of my personal, professional, and political life together. I can't wait to bring this feeling and help build a community for my seventh grade learners this year as they discover new things about themselves through my class and the writing that we will do.​

Page last updated: April 25, 2019