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Summer Writing Institute to launch innovative writing program for middle- and secondary-school teachers, students


Concordia University Chicago's Center for Language and Literacy will host a summer writing institute from June 10 to 17. The program is open to students desiring to sharpen their writing skills, and to area educators who want to develop advanced-level classroom strategies for teaching writing.

“Making the Case: The Art of Argument” will bring together 5th through 12th-grade students and middle and secondary educators to promote proficiency in the essential art of verbal and written argument. Under the leadership of Concordia-Chicago’s Center for Literacy research team and facilitators from the Hyde Park Education Group, attendees will sharpen the skills required for compliance with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

The seven-day program for middle and secondary teachers begins on Friday, June 10 (4-9 p.m.) and runs daily (8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) through Friday, June 17, excepting Sunday, June 12. The $995 cost covers instruction in “The Art of Argument” by experts, teaching contact with diverse adolescent students and tools for formative assessment. Meals and snacks will be provided. Three graduate credits will be awarded on completion of the course.

“Students and teachers are facing new challenges as the Common Core Standards and standardized assessments present new benchmarks for academic success,” said Dr. Veronica Richard, co-director of the Center for Literacy at Concordia University Chicago. “We’re thrilled to have a forum this summer to bring together classroom teachers and students from our surrounding communities. Everyone wins when the best practices developed by academic research receive the broad application they deserve.”

The five-day course for middle and secondary students begins on Monday, June 13 and runs daily (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) through Friday, June 17. The $195 cost covers instruction in developing a sound argument, pre- and post-institute assessments, portfolio development and a certificate of completion. Guided team-building and problem-solving situations will mix fun and focused activity. Meals and snacks will be provided. Scholarships are available to qualified applicants.

The Summer Writing Institute will be held on the campus of Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL.