Dear Colleagues,

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to Bard College’s Institute for Writing & Thinking!  We’re glad you’ve found your way here. 

Each year, the Institute for Writing & Thinking (IWT) offers workshops both on Bard College’s scenic campus along the historic Hudson River and on-site at schools, colleges and universities both in the U.S. and internationally.  One of the most frequent questions we receive from potential participants is, “Which workshop should I first take?”  In response to this, our suggestion is to enroll in one of our introductory workshops: "Writing & Thinking” or one of our “Writing to Learn Workshops.” In these workshops, participants are introduced to the basic practices of our writing-based pedagogies as well as a variety of collaborative, inquiry and problem-based learning methods.

Unlike so many lecture-format professional development programs for teachers, IWT workshops are intellectually rigorous, engaging, and effective programs that allow participants to experience the practices and activities they’ll bring to their students. Time and again, IWT participants report that these workshops have fundamentally changed how they understand what classroom time is for and how using writing-based teaching strategies transform the classroom itself. I invite each of you to explore our 2017–2018 workshops and programs—from the September and November “Writer as Reader” workshops to our annual April Conference, “Classroom as Safe Space: Tolerance, Micro-Aggressions and Trigger Warnings”

Along with annual programming at Bard College, IWT also offers workshops on-site at schools and institutions and works with individual schools seeking to develop an Embedded Professional Development Program to meet a school's or institution’s particular needs, aspirations, and professional development objectives. IWT also offers workshops internationally, and hosts many international teachers and faculty in our annual July workshops at Bard College. This is an exciting opportunity for participants to engage with other teachers and learn more about challenges in education, not only nationwide but internationally. Regardless of where we come from, we all want our students to be engaged, articulate, and reflective learners. Sharing ideas across borders—linguistic, cultural, and educational—teaches us more about who we are as teachers and what we can learn from colleagues around the globe.


Peg Peoples
Associate Vice President for Education Initiatives
Bard College
Institute for Writing & Thinking