Invitational Leadership Institute

For over 40 years, the National Writing Project has been honoring and enhancing teacher work through its highly regarded Invitational Leadership Institutes.  The Shenandoah Valley Writing Project has continued in this tradition of developing teachers as Teacher Consultants with the Writing Project since 2015.

Each year, the SVWP selects up to 20 talented pre-K-University educators from all disciplines for the Invitational Institutes. Since 2016 the Fellows of the Summer ILI have also spent a week learning beside the award-winning authors of the nationally recognized Children’s Literature Conference held annually on the Shenandoah University campus.

Additionally, a year-round model was launched in the fall of 2016 to accommodate teachers unable to devote weeks in the summer.

In the Institutes, Teachers will:

  • examine issues in the teaching of writing and the use of writing to learn
  • demonstrate effective approaches to teaching writing and using writing to learn
  • improve the use of writing to deepen and extend learning in all curricular areas
  • write in various modes and from different points of view
  • actively participate in peer writing and response groups and daily “write into the day”

Applications for 2019-20 Year Round are being accepted NOW
Interviews are currently underway.
If you have interest please apply now.

“Through the institute, I gained confidence in myself as a writer, presenter, and a deeper
understanding of how to help students enjoy writing! Through our writing groups I was able to see my writing change, grow, and have more depth. Through the discussions and presentations, I gained more insight into the importance of getting students to write every day in every class–that  it is a matter of thinking on paper not producing a product necessarily. I love the camaraderie and fellowship we achieved. I have taken a semester writing course, but this was an altogether different feel. The intensity of it creates a life changing experience, not a simple course.”

Year Round Dates and Hours 2019-2020

One Day in the Children’s Literature Conference
Your choice of day: June 24-28, 9:00-4:00      Halprin-Harrison Hall

Pre-School
*Two-Day Session:                  July 25 & 26, 2019   9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
During School Year
Friday, August 30 – Saturday, August 31, 2019 (Labor Day Sept. 2)
Saturday, September 14, 2019 Write to Learn Conference 9:00-3:00
Friday, October 18 – Saturday, October 19, 2019 (Columbus Day Oct. 14)
Tuesday, November 5 (secure release from supervisor) 8:00-3:00
Saturday, December 7
Saturday, March 7
Friday, April 17 – Saturday, April 18, 2019 (Easter is April 12)

Online video lesson reviews and discussion boards between class meetings
Post-School   Four –Day Session
June 15, 16, 17, & 18, 2019    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
*All Saturdays and full day sessions include a social hour & work-through lunch
Reserved weekends for inclement weather make-up:   March 6-7 & May  8-9

Congratulations to the Fellows of the
2018-19 Year Round Institute

Congratulations to the following teachers accepted into the fellowship of the 2018-19 Year Round Institute.

Director: Mary Tedrow, SVWP Director
Co-Director: Susan Fiatte McGilvay, SVWP Co-Director

Kristen Bredice, Harmony Middle School
Samuel McClain, Rock Ridge High School
Kimberly Peterson, Winchester Public Schools
Richelle Riley, James G. Brumfield Elementary
Ashley Scott, Garland R. Quarles Elementary
Sara Dashner, Frederick Douglass Elementary
Jordan Vachon, Garland R. Quarles Elementary
Lisa Williamson, Garland R. Quarles Elementary
Tessie Mogul, Garland R. Quarles Elementary

New Teacher Consultants from the
2018 Summer Institute

Congratulations to the newest Teacher Consultants of the Shenandoah Valley Writing Project who have successfully completed the 20188 Summer Institute.

Director: Susan Fiatte McGilvray, SVWP Co-Director

Lori Abbott, A.S. Rhodes Elementary School
Patrick Ayers, Rock Ridge High School
Tracy Bailey, Brambleton Middle School
Jessie Beard, Marshall Middle School
Paige Cox, Loudoun Valley High School
Brendan Erb, Skyline Middle School
Michael Fannin, Garland R. Quarles Elementary School
Crystal Gage, John Handley High School
Kelly Kwolek, Warrenton Middle School
Mary Lee, Blue Ridge Elementary School
Ellen Martin, Garland R. Quarles Elementary School
Karla Pino, Daniel Morgan Middle School
Emily Shafer, John Kerr Elementary School
Stacey Yost, Daniel Morgan Middle School

Staff: Shabana Shah, Sugarland Elementary School
Shea Finny, Loudoun Valley High School

New Teacher Consultants from the
2017-18 Year-Round Institute

Congratulations to the newest Teacher Consultants of the Shenandoah Valley Writing Project who have successfully completed the 2017-18 Year Round Institute.


Director: Mary Tedrow

Irene Asuncion Moulton, Rock Ridge High School
Patricia Berrian, J. Michael Lunsford Middle School
Felisa Cupps, Tuscarora High School
Elizabeth Davis, Winchester Public Schools
Danielle DeChristopher, Garland R. Quarles Elementary
Amanda Estep, Garland R. Quarles Elementary
Samantha Gates, Winchester Public Schools
Amanda Harrington, Mountain Vista Governor’s School
Joyce Householder, Garland R. Quarles Elementary
Tara Lockhart, Garland R. Quarles Elementary
Louise E. Mann, Dominion High School
Susan Newman, Rock Ridge High School
Mallory Simon, Frederick County Middle School
Seth Stahler, Garland R. Quarles Elementary

Staff:
Dee Dee Livesay, Banneker Elementary School
Rebecca Schwier,  M. M. Pierce Elementary School

*Read Meghann Donohue’s reflection on the Year-Round Institute.

Teacher Consultants from the 2017 Summer Institute

Congratulations to the newest group of Teacher Consultants on their successful completion of the 2017 Summer Invitational Leadership Institute.

Fellows

Director: Laura Tucker, SVWP Co-Director

Sarah Andino, James G. Brumfield Elementary
Beth Buerkel, Daniel Morgan Middle School
Teresa Cave, Garland R. Quarles Elementary School
Michelle Coleman, North Fork Middle School
Nicole Daquilante, Red Bud Run Elementary School
Star Friend, John Handley High School
Samuel Gesford, North Fork Middle School
Laura Hughes, Blue Ridge Elementary School
Camille Murphy, Harmony Middle School
Moriah Rush, E. Wilson Morrison Elementary
Alice “Katy” Schain, Daniel Morgan Middle School
Shabana Shah, Sugarland Elementary School
Marianne Sutton, Marshall Middle School
Jeanette Wolffe, James G. Brumfield Elementary

Staff:
Damon Laabs, Trailside Middle School
Shea Finny, Loudoun Valley High School


SVWP Teacher Consultants
Inaugural Year-Round Institute of 2017-18

The first year-round model of the Invitational Institute concluded on Friday, June 16, 2017. Congratulations to the latest Teacher Consultants of the Shenandoah Valley Writing Project.

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Director: Mary Tedrow

Jaclyn Azat, Trailside Middle School
Heather Campbell, Garland R. Quarles Elementary School
Jennifer Eppard-Morgan, Garland R. Quarles Elementary School
Sarah Fitzgerald, Eastern View High School
Margaret Humphries, Potomac Senior High School
Robert Kilby, Garland R. Quarles Elementary School
Paul Koch, Rock Ridge High School
Beth Konkoski, Broad Run High School
Heather Lark-Rickard, Garland R. Quarles Elementary School
Marina Levi, Tuscarora High School
Dee Dee Livesay, Daniel Morgan Middle School

Staff:
Meghann Donohue, Harmony Middle School
Nicole Kaylan, Dominion High School

SVWP Teacher Consultants
Class of 2016

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Director: Mary Tedrow, SVWP Director

Carissa Altizer, Sandy Hook Middle School
John Applin, Capon Bridge Elementary
Danielle Bostick, John Handley High School
Melanie Catron, Warren County Middle School
Emelie Duke Colmery, Creighton’s Corner Elementary School
Nicole Korsen, Dominion High School
Damon Laabs, Trailside Middle School
Lisa Larkin, P.B. Smith Elementary School
Jacqueline Mutz, Rock Ridge High School
Timothy “Chip” Newcome, John Handley High School
Rebecca Schwier,  M. M. Pierce Elementary School
Marianne Tomasic, Shepherdstown Middle School

Staff:
Donna Michael, Johnson-Williams Middle School
Terrence Donohue, Clarke County High School
Mary Tedrow, Director

The Inaugural 2015 Teacher Consultants for the Shenandoah Valley Writing Project

Inaugural SVWP Summer Institute 2015

Bethany Burroughs, Liberty High School
Jennifer Cherry, Trailside Middle School
Terence Donohue, Clarke County High School
Rosella Fonte, Douglass Alternative School
Matthew Giddens, Trailside Middle School
Rebekah Hess, Rock Ridge High School
Christopher Humenik, Warren County High School
Donna Michael, Johnson-Williams Middle School
Sarah Schiavo, Harmony Middle School
Amy Snapp, James Wood High School
Joseph Svoboda, John Kerr Elementary School
Michelle Ward, Stone Hill Middle School
Jaqueline Weitman, Signal Knob Middle School
Christine Welch, Signal Knob Middle School

These teachers successfully completed the 2014 Invitational Summer Institute held at John Handley High School

Directors: Susan McGilvray and Laura Tucker:

  • Rhonda Alley, Douglass School, Leesburg, VA
  • Julie Cacciola, Douglass School, Leesburg, VA
  • Julie Constantino, Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary, Winchester, VA
  • Meghann Donohue, Harmony Middle School, Hamilton, VA
  • Jennifer Warner Howells, Skyline High School, Front Royal, VA
  • Nicole Kaylan, Dominion High School, Sterling, VA
  • Mallory Skarupa, Central High School, Woodstock, VA
  • Margaret Stokes, Belmont Ridge Middle School, Leesburg, VA
  • Amy Thomas, Frederick Douglass Elementary, Winchester, VA
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4 thoughts on “Invitational Leadership Institute

  1. As English Department Chair at Loudoun Valley High School, I wish to register four of my staff members for the Fall Learn to Write Conference, Sept. 23, 2017. I cannot, however, locate a link to registration. Also, one of the participants is Shea Finny, who served as one of your summer teachers; will she be required to pay tuition? Please contact me so that I may proceed. Thank you!

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    • Hello Marcia,
      We do not yet have a link active for registration. We simply hoped to advertise the date while we waited for confirmation of our Keynote speaker. We should have a link active in the next two weeks and that information will be forthcoming (where and how to register).
      Shea will be attending independently because the teachers she has coached will be presenting. So plan on registering the three teachers rather than four when we have our registration page up. Thank you so much for your query.

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