Saturday, June 6, 2020

What does it mean to teach in these times?

9:00 - 9:30


  • The Philadelphia Writing Project (PhilWP) is a local site of the National Writing Project (NWP) at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (PennGSE).

  • PhilWP is also a Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) consortium member. This year's institute is funded, in part, through a TPS grant as well as through generous individual donations to PhilWP.

  • The first Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) on Writing and Literacy was held in 1986.

  • We have a special partnership with School District of Philadelphia Learning Networks 2 and 11 this year: 18 of the teachers participating in the ISI are from these two networks.

  • The NWP recently released a document outlining the social practices of teacher consultants. These social practices are foundational to the ISI—and to participation in PhilWP as a teacher consultant (TC).

  • In addition to the ISI, PhilWP sponsors a number of programs throughout the year for educators, students, and families, including Project Write; Scholastic Art and Writing Awards; Kid Writing; Philly School Media Network; Teacher Research and Knowledge: A Celebration of Writing and Literacy; College, Career, and Communities Writers Program (C3WP); and Literature Circles.

Reflecting on Being Part of a Learning Community in These Time (with Current TCs): Collaborative Document

9:30 - 9:45

Introductions: Who is in the room?

9:45 - 9:50


9:50 - 10:35

Reflecting Further on Teaching in These Times

10:35 - 11:00

ISI Dates, Course Information, and Next Steps

Orientation Slideshow — For Teachers — PhilWP 2020 ISI

Social practices of an NWP / PhilWP teacher consultant (slides 6-12)

Collaborative document: Reflecting on being part of a learning community in these times (with current TCs)

Serial testimony (slide 18)

Teaching as activism, teaching as care (Pitts, 2020)

Note taking document for small group discussion

Example ISI Traditions (slide 33)

One word reflections (slide 1)