The Tampa Bay Area Writing Project will be hosting a hybrid Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) in summer 2023–partially online with the possibility of weekly face-to-face meetings.
The SLI is an experience that occurs at National Writing Project sites across the country; participation in the SLI means you join the ranks of thousands of “teacher consultants” who have accepted the challenge to become leaders in their own teaching communities.
During the SLI, teachers convene to write and share their writing, to share and discuss their teaching, and to reflect deeply on the craft of writing/teaching. The reasons: we learn best how to support writing/teaching through our own transformative experiences with writing; and we believe in the power of “teachers teaching teachers.”
This year, the Summer Leadership Institute will meet (online) for three weeks (July 10 to July 28, not including weekends). Each day of the SLI will include individual (asynchronous) writing time and group (synchronous) meeting time. On Fridays, we will have the option to meet face-to-face in beautiful locations for communal writing.
Group time will include opportunities to receive peer feedback and to participate in demonstration lessons given by graduates of previous SLIs. Group times will be decided based on availability: when we can commit to meet as a whole group or in small groups. For example, some peer feedback groups might commit to meet daily in the morning or the evening.