Invitational Summer Institute | CAWP

The Central Arizona Writing Project (CAWP) will be accepting applications starting in January for the 2023 Invitational Summer Institute (ISI). This important professional development opportunity will take place from June 5th to June 16th, Monday-Friday, from 9:00am to 12:00pm, on the ASU Tempe Campus. K-College educators who are residents of the state of Arizona are eligible to apply for the CAWP ISI. There are only a few stipends from the National Writing Project, if you are invited to attend  the Invitational Summer Institute. So apply early! Students will also receive professional books on the teaching of writing. Stipends will not be provided for ASU Employees, ASU Teaching Assistants, ASU Research Assistants or if your district pays for you to attend.

BACKGROUND: The Invitational Summer Institute provides a dynamic environment for a diverse group of educators to examine their roles as writers, teachers and leaders. The theory and practice of teaching writing are examined through individual demonstrations, readings and discussion of current research, and writing and responding in peer groups. CAWP is a National Writing Project site dedicated to the improvement of student learning through the effective teaching of writing. With more than 40 years of success, the National Writing Project has demonstrated that the best teachers of teachers are other teachers, that contemporary rhetoric and composition studies have practical value for writing teachers at all levels, that writing promotes learning in all areas of the curriculum, and that teachers who are writers themselves are the most effective writing teachers. Our aim is for teachers to come away from the Institute with a renewed excitement about and commitment to writing and the teaching of writing.

APPLICATION PROCESS: By March 20, 2023, complete the attached application and personal statement below. Please see application for details on Costs and Course Credits. Completed applications should be sent via email to or USPS addressed to:
Arizona State University
Att: Brianna Rodriguez, CAWP, RBH 151
PO Box 871401, Tempe, AZ 85287-1401

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of CAWP teachers representing various regions and educational levels. In selecting new teachers, the committee will strive for a balanced distribution of teachers from different grade levels (K-College), subject-area disciplines, and geographical regions. CAWP especially seeks to recruit teachers with special expertise and experience in teaching English language learners and students from diverse and academically marginalized populations.

FOLLOW-UP PROGRAM: Throughout the academic year CAWP teachers from all summer institutes form a continuing professional learning community of colleagues who participate in advanced institutes, update meetings, writing retreats, teacher-research groups, and special interest groups.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS: Please call the Central Arizona Writing Project office at 480-965-3224