The Glazer & Lorton Writing Institute is a joint professional development effort of the University of Miami and Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS). Named after Zelda Glazer and Eveleen Lorton, two of the original co-founders, the Writing Institute has served M-DCPS teachers and their students since 1984. Part of the magic of the Writing Institute lies in its philosophy that in order to be an effective teacher of writing, teachers do just that; they write. They learn about writing from some of the country’s leading experts and then they write and share what they have created with their classmates. Each day brings new presenters and new purposes for writing. Each day there are more reasons for writing, for sharing, and for writing again.
By the end of the two weeks, the participants choose their best piece to revise, edit, and then submit for publication in Sun Strokes, the Institute’s official anthology. Writing Institute participants claim that the greatest reward of the Institute is a renewed vigor for teaching. Comments from prior attendees:
The GLWI does not only change teaching, it changes lives.
I came to the GLWI believing I knew how to teach writing, but after the presentations, I realized that being passionate about writing is different from teaching it to students.
Participating in the GLWI has been the best experience of my teaching career. It has been a great deal of work, but at the same time, it is like a teacher retreat -- reboot for the enthusiasm and excitement for teaching.
The 2014 Glazer & Lorton Writing Institute will be held this summer from June 16 – June 27 at TERRA Environmental Research Institute Senior High. For further information, please contact Dr. Michelle Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle D. Thomas
Director, Glazer & Lorton Writing Institute (GLWI) Lecturer, Department of Teaching and Learning (TAL)