Join Our Network

The Philadelphia Writing Project is open to all teachers in all Philadelphia schools.  In order to become a Teacher Consultant and a member of our network of more than 800 teachers, you must complete the Invitational Summer Institute.  

We invite you to read more about our history, find out more about the professional development opportunities available to educators, hear the voices of teachers in our network, and browse the writing of our teacher consultants.

The Invitational Summer Institute

Since 1986, the Philadelphia Writing Project has sponsored an Invitational Summer Institute on Writing and Literacy for K-16 educators in the Philadelphia region. The institute engages teachers in reflective inquiries into practice and the processes of teaching and learning. Teachers explore the practice of writing as a way of knowing, teaching beliefs, and multiple forms of literacy. The institute is grounded in the core beliefs that have influenced Philadelphia Writing Project Teacher Consultants for more than three decades.

To download a copy of the general information flier, click here.  To download a copy of the Teaching with Primary Sources flier, click here.

The Invitational Summer Institute for 2019 will take place July 15 - 26, 2019.  All sessions will be held at the University of Pennsylvania.


Participants will receive 1 CEU (continuing education course unit) from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania upon successful completion of all course requirements. 1 CEU is equivalent to 3 continuing education credits recognized by the School District of Philadelphia and other educational entities. The course also awards 30 ACT 48 credits. 


The 2019 Invitational Summer Institute is free to Philadelphia teachers. 


Participants who complete all fellowship requirements with a grade of passing become Teacher Consultants in the Philadelphia Writing Project and members of the Pennsylvania Writing Project Network and the National Writing Project.

Application Process

The application process is competitive. To apply, complete the two steps below.

1. Complete the online form with the following information: 

  • General information -- Name, address, contact information
  • School information -- School name, position or title, grade and/or subject, address, work phone number
  • Professional information -- Levels of education, teaching experience, certifications, awards and honors, and professional activities within the last five years
  • Narrative -- Describe your views of teaching and learning, especially ways that you see writing as a part of a life long learning process; and aspects of your teaching that you would be interested in sharing or enhancing by exploring through conversations about classroom practices with other teachers (limited to 2000 words, which is equivalent to 3 single-spaced pages)

2. Submit the following documents via email (should be scanned) to or by mail to the PhilWP office.

  • A letter of commitment filled out and signed by you and your principal or designee.
  • OPTIONAL: A single copy of student writing accompanied by an explanation of the assignment and any questions or concerns about teaching and learning that the work has raised for you.
  • OPTIONAL: A single copy of a professional resume.
Application deadline: April 19, 2019

Questions? Contact us.