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Oregon Writing Project’s Invitational Summer Institute

Jun. 26, 2017 to Jul. 21, 2017

Oregon Writing Project’s Invitational Summer Institute provides a supportive, dialogic environment for K-12 educators from across the curriculum to develop their leadership potential for a variety of roles, including local school/district reform efforts that support the education and success of all of Oregon’s diverse student population. 

Curriculum Development Institute - Grades K-8

Jun. 26, 2017 to Jun. 30, 2017

The Oregon Writing Project’s (OWP) curriculum development institute, or “camp,” hones K-8 teachers’ capacities to create curriculum from the ground up. During this one-week course, teachers build a grade-level unit to use in the upcoming year. Participants will leave this workshop with a draft of a curriculum unit that embeds writing throughout.

Portland Writing Marathon: Finding Stories in our Surroundings

Jun. 29, 2017

School is out. Summer is a time for you to explore your own writing and get back to your writing self. Let the city of Portland serve as your muse in this writing marathon! What exactly is a writing marathon? A writing marathon is really quite simple.

Writing the Portland Art Museum

Jul. 31, 2017

Art Museums are giant buildings where cultural gatekeepers determine value and worth.  The art that lies inside the walls of these edifices often is a mirror to the values of the societies in which they sit.


The Most Gentrified City of the Century

Middle school teachers collaborate to help students understand and critique the changes that have taken place in their Portland, Oregon, neighborhood.

School Foundations and the Myth of Funding Equity

 This teacher essayist uses her own school to illustrate how school foundations perpetuate inequality within districts and states.

When They Tried to Steal Our Classrooms

Amy Lindahl teaches science at Grant High School in Portland, Oregon.This educator was featured in the Fall 2016 issue of Rethinking Schools magazine.

Who's Stealing Our Jobs? NAFTA and Xenophobia

 A high school teacher examines the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Passion Counts: The “I Love” Admissions Essay

OWP Director Linda Christensen is featured in the Fall 2016 issue of Rethinking Schools magazine

Teaching in Black and White

Three of the following four articles featured in the fall 2014 issue of Rethinking Schools magazine, were written in the Oregon Writing Project’s Writing for Publication class last spring.