July Weeklong Workshops

The July weeklong workshops at Bard provide participants with the luxury of time to more deeply experience the Institute practices and their implementation in the classroom–all in the company of talented teachers from around the country and the world.

“What will I take away from this week’s workshop? Excellent conversations with peers; practical exercises to do in the classroom; renewed enthusiasm to try these practices out; the desire to give more time to writing and less to “discussions”; the desire to let the students’ personal connections inform the texts and be informed by the text. Writing to Learn, July 2011” 

— Grade 10-11 English Teacher

The July workshops offer teachers an opportunity to develop an understanding of “writing-based teaching,” its theory and practices, and its application in the classroom. Each workshop will focus on a method for teaching different forms of writing—essay, academic paper, creative nonfiction, poetry—or for using writing to teach history, visual texts, or grammar.

The July workshops are a retreat in which participants learn new writing practices, read diverse texts, and talk with teachers from around the world on the Bard College campus. The luxury of time helps us envision how we might make these new practices our own—how we might tweak the writing prompts, change the readings, figure out ways to accommodate collaborative learning in larger classes, and explore how poetry, for instance, might inspire students from ethnically and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

During the workshops, teachers live in single rooms on the Bard campus, eat meals together, and enjoy the beautiful setting and lively atmosphere of Annandale-on-Hudson in the summer. During the course of the week, workshop groups meet for thirteen 90-minute sessions, beginning Sunday evening, July 10, and continuing every day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except Wednesday, when classes end at 1:00 p.m. The week’s workshops will conclude on Friday, July 15 at 1:00 p.m.

The schedule allows participants time to explore the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley and take advantage of lovely walking paths and Bard’s recreational facilities: the Stevenson Athletic Center’s swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, and fitness center. The week includes opportunities for informal socializing and a guest author reading from recent work. Also on campus in July, Bard SummerScape brings together an extraordinary schedule of performing arts, featuring an international roster of acclaimed artists in a range of performances. For more information and to reserve tickets, click here.


Recognizing that teachers need time for intellectual stimulation and the exchange of ideas with colleagues from diverse schools, the workshops in this group will provide opportunities for reading, writing, and collaborating. Although the workshops highlight the connection between writing and its numerous classroom applications, the emphasis will be on writing itself. Teachers meet in groups of 12 to 15 for a series of 90- and 120-minute sessions in which they explore their values and concerns as writers and teachers.

Writing and Thinking

Writing and Thinking Through Technology

Inquiry into Essay

Writing Retreat for Teachers


These workshops model strategies for applying IWT’s basic writing practices to the teaching of any subject. They allow teachers of all academic subjects to reflect on what it means to teach through writing and how informal writing practices can be woven into class lessons in fields such as history, science, social studies, and literature. As in Group I, teachers in these workshops will meet in groups of 12 to 15 for a series of 90- and 120-minute sessions in which they will explore the value and use of writing-based teaching practices.

Writing to Learn

Poetry: Lyric Investigation Across Disciplines

Applying the Practices

Revolutionary Grammar

Writing to Learn in the STEM Disciplines

Teaching the Academic Paper

Thinking Historically Through Writing

Creative Nonfiction: Telling the Truth

Workshop fee: Early Bird registration fee: $1,350 (until June 1); registration fee: $1,500 (after June 1). The fee includes tuition and a single-occupancy dorm room on the Bard College campus, meals (beginning with Sunday dinner and ending with Saturday breakfast), and materials. The Early Bird commuter fee is $1,050 (until June 1); $1,200 (after June 1). To support teacher collaboration across the disciplines on revising the writing curriculum, a ten percent discount is offered to teams of three or more teachers from the same school.

Graduate Credit: Through Bard’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program, workshop participants may earn two graduate credits for each weeklong workshop; participants must, in addition to completing the workshop, write and submit a detailed report and a lesson plan on using writing in the classroom. Click for more information.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds can be given for cancellations made within a week of the beginning of the workshops. Any refund given will be less the $60 non-refundable deposit.