Summer Institute

The Annual Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) is held in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Participants in the ISI have the unique opportunity to work in a supportive environment with people who have a keen understanding of the challenges and needs of teaching in today’s educational environment: fellow classroom teachers. The ISI, an approved professional development activity, is an intensive workshop that can lead to a variety of events throughout the year.

During the ISI, participants can expect to:

  • Interact with other educators. The ISI brings educators together from local high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, community colleges, and universities to discuss teaching and writing. Participants gain important knowledge and insights during the ISI, and they often continue working with other participants long after the summer institute ends.
  • Explore different approaches to teaching and writing. The ISI is committed to helping educators take advantage of the opportunities technology offers to improve student learning. Participants will learn strategies to implement technology effectively in teacher inquiry and in writing classrooms.
  • Write and discuss writing.The BWP is about writing and the teaching of writing. We are committed to the belief that teachers who dedicate themselves to their own writing become better teachers of writing— and better learners. Participants will write extensively, share their writing, and discuss their and other participants’ writing.
  • Learn from others. Participants in the ISI present work on an inquiry project, providing other participants an excellent resource for teaching and scholarship. In addition, the BWP also schedules workshops and presentations by scholars and master teachers covering a wide array of topics such as the effect of the criminal justice system on local communities, writing assessment, approaches to teaching creative writing, and many 

To support ISI participants, the BWP provides a $400 stipend, which may be applied to tuition costs if participants wish to receive graduate credit (3 credit hours). If needed, housing also can be arranged. 

The ISI is the starting point for those wishing to become move involved in the BWP. Once participants have completed the Annual Invitational Summer Institute, they are encouraged to attend retreats, conferences, and other events sustaining the work of the BWP.

Please note: The Summer Institute is on hiatus until/unless BWP can get funding. We want to say thank you to all who have participated in this Institute over the years!