Invitational Leadership Institute

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Invitational Summer Institute and the Year-Round Institute Model

The Invitational Summer Institute is the cornerstone of the work done by the SVWP.  The Summer Institute is held on the campus of Shenandoah University in the Bowman Building in downtown Winchester, VA.

Since its beginning in the valley in 2005, teachers from all surrounding districts have learned intensively from the practice of other teachers.

Each summer, up to 25 distinguished, teacher fellows come together for an intensive summer institute. The teachers are selected from all disciplines and grade levels, K–University, and share best practices to learn, collaborate, share with other practicing teachers.

Teachers are nominated or may self-select to apply for a seat in the SI.  Applications can be found here:

Beginning in 2016, the Summer Institute joined with the Children’s Literature Conference to focus on Teacher as Writer in the first week.  Participants saw writing process up close by hearing from award-winning authors who told their stories of literacy and revealed the creative process.  We will be continuing this partnership in 2017.  Below are the required dates for attendance in the Summer.

Pre-Institute Workshop (required)   Saturday, May 20    9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
June 26-30  Monday-Friday (Children’s Literature Workshop) 9:00 a.m.-4:00p.m.
July 5-21 Monday-Thursday* 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Fall Conference, Saturday, September 23 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

  • Teachers return for evaluation on the Friday following their presentation.  Social gatherings are scheduled for Thursday following class (extends until 6 p.m.)

Pre-Institute Session:                  July 28 & 29, 2017       9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(Fridays 5:00-8:00 p.m.   Saturdays 9:00 – 4:00)

Friday, September 2 – Saturday, September 3, 2017    (Labor Day Sept. 4)
Saturday, September 23, 2017        Write to Learn Conference       9:00-3:00
Friday, October 6 – Saturday, October 7, 2017   (Columbus Day Oct. 9)
Tuesday, November 8, 2017    8:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm.   (school PD day)
Friday, January 13 – Saturday, January 14, 2018   (MLK day Jan 16)
Friday, February 17 – Saturday, February 18, 2018   (Pres. Day Feb 20)
Friday, April 7 – Saturday, April 8, 2018   (Easter is April 1)

**Online video evaluation sessions after presentations (scheduled by participant consent)
Post-Academic School Year
Three –Day Session     June 14, 15, & 16, 2017    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fellowship seats are $2,000.  Most districts support successfully accepted candidates.
Fellows earn 6 credits in EDUC or WRI 637, equivalent to 180 recertification points.

Fellows and Staff in the current Year-Round Invitational Leadership Institute

Congratulations to the following teachers who have been accepted into the Year-Round Invitational Leadership Institute.  Returning fellows have also been named as staff members.

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

Nicole Kaylan and Meghann Donohue, TCs from 2014 are returning to serve as staff members

Congratulations to the Newest
SVWP Teacher Consultants


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, 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



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