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:
“I appreciate the opportunity to have been part of such a wonderful and inspiring program. I feel more confident as a writing teacher. I would recommend that all teachers attend this program-no matter what subject they teach!”
“This is a life-changing experience. Personally and professionally uplifting. Every teacher should have this experience. Thank you.”
“This is the most beneficial professional activity teachers can do for themselves and their future students.”
The 2013 Glazer & Lorton Writing Institute will be held this summer from June 17 – June 28 at TERRA Environmental Research Institute Senior High. For further information, please contact Dr. Michelle Thomas at email@example.com.
Michelle D. Thomas
Director, Glazer & Lorton Writing Institute (GLWI) Lecturer, Department of Teaching and Learning (TAL)