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 2019 CAWP Summer Institute in Writing


Are you an experienced teacher looking for ways to invigorate your teaching and to be aJohn Nieciak part of a professional network of outstanding educators? Then we invite you to apply to the our 39th Invitational Summer Institute in Writing in which Chicago area K-college teachers learn ways to improve their own writing and writing instruction as well as to learn how to design and lead workshops for other teachers. Applicants must have at least three years of teaching experience. We hope you will apply!

NOTE: Starting date moved back to 6/24 to accommodate the extended CPS calendar revised because of cold weather.

Click here to download 2019 CAWP Summer Institute Plus Application (V3)


“Fact or Fiction: Which News Sites Can You Trust?”

Sat., June 1, 2019

Location: Chicago Teachers Union Foundation, 1901 W. Carroll Ave.,  Chicago


Featured Speaker: Sarah Brandt
Vice President of News Literacy Outreach for NewsGuard

When surfing the Internet, how do you determine what is neutral news, analysis, opinion or just propaganda?  How can you guide kids, whether your students or your own, to find reliable sources? We’ve invited NewsGuard to talk with us about this critical topic and to share their great resource. This special event is for everyone – teachers and non-teachers!

NewsGuard is a free media literacy resource that helps people evaluate the credibility of their news. NewsGuard’s journalists review the top 2,000 new websites and evaluate how trustworthy and credible they are. NewsGuard helps fight misinformation and provide people with more context for the news & information they see on Facebook and Google.
Librarians and educators use NewsGuard’s free browser extension and framework for evaluating source credibility and transparency in media literacy lessons with students from middle school to the university level. Educators who attend will earn 3 CPDUs.
Help support CAWP by registering yourself and a friend for this program because all proceeds go to the 2019 Invitational Summer Institute in Writing. The NewsGuard presentation will be followed by discussion groups.
        Early Registration (by 5/20): $50
        Regular Registration (after 5/20): $75


2019 Scholastic Writing Program       

Thanks to all the Gr. 7-12  students and teachers who participated in this year’s Scholastic Writing Award program for the Chicago area.   This wonderful program was established in 1923 and introduced the world to the early talents artist/ writers such as Truman Capote, Robert Redford, Sylvia Plath, Ken Burns  and others were recognized when they also were teenagers.   Click here for the complete list of 2019 Scholastic Writing Award recipients for the Chicago region.

Finally, we are so pleased to have served as the Chicago area affiliate for this prestigious program for ten years.  As we announced earlier this fall, we are co-hosting this year’s program with Writopia Lab Chicago  which offers a wide variety of writing workshops and programs led by professional writers for teens and adults.  It is our plan to assist Writopia Lab as it takes ownership of the 2020 Scholastic Writing program and into the future.



CAWP offers professional development programs at your schools and in your districts in writing, reading, content area reading and writing, assessment including the PARCC and more. Click here for school program ideas and prices.  Click here for CAWP Program Price Sheet 2018-2019

If you’re interested in hearing  about CAWP workshops and classes for individual teachers, add your name and email to our mailing list by clicking Contact Us .  Also, feel free to include the sessions/ topics that interest you in the comment section.  Hope to see you soon!

– Barbara Kato, CAWP Director