Winter Insitute set for next month

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The sixth annual Winter Institute will take place on Feb. 15-16 at Kromrey and registration is now open.

The Winter Institute is a two-day institute for 4K-12th grade teachers and administrators, focused primarily on the Units of Study workshop model developed by the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. Attendees choose from a menu of workshop offerings for each of five sessions.

The institute will focus on reading, writing, and equitable practices and includes sessions that are appropriate for 4K-12th grade. All sessions are facilitated by staff members who have experience with reading and writing workshop and/or equitable instructional or administrative practices. Attendees are able to choose the workshop offerings that best meet their needs.

Attendees who choose to take the institute for one graduate credit from Edgewood College will receive the requirements upon request, and will have to talk with the instructor of record at the time of registration. The instructor will meet with all attendees taking the institute for credit for half an hour before workshops on Saturday to be sure attendees have decided on a project.

Nearly 2,000 educators have participated in the first five Winter Institutes. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Bettina Love, an award-winning author and associate professor of educational theory and practice at the University of Georgia. An equity strand, changes to registration and payment and an allergen-conscious buffet that is included in the cost of registration are new this year.

There are more than 50 offerings available, with each one lasting at least 90 minutes.

Please check out the Winter Institute brochure that includes descriptions of each of the sessions along with the Winter Institute schedule. T-shirts will again be available to purchase this year.

Registration this year will take place through Eventbrite. You can order T-shirts or make notes about any food allergies you might have when you register online. If you have questions, please e-mail the Winter Institute organizers.