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Innovative approaches to teaching and learning have long been central to Bard College. In 1981, responding to inadequate literacy among incoming students, Bard college President Leon Botstein established the Workshop in Language and Thinking (L&T), an experimental, intensive three-week, pre-semester program for incoming Bard students.  After a successful student experience, the Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking was established to offer teachers and faculty a similar innovative, professional development program. At the center of Institute programs are faculty associates—secondary and college teachers recruited nationally—who work together on the development of experiential workshops designed to enliven and enrich classroom learning in all disciplines through collaborative and writing rich practices. IWT workshops are experiential--teachers experience and do the practices they will bring to their students. Focusing on literary, historical, and scientific texts, teachers use writing to support close reading, lively discussion, and productive collaboration.