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Project Description

The Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking
Enriching classrooms through writing

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ocused on the critical role that writing plays in both teaching and learning, the Institute for Writing and Thinking brings together secondary and college teachers for innovative, intellectually stimulating, and practically useful workshops and conferences at Bard College and at schools and colleges nationwide.

Founded by Bard College president Leon Botstein in 1982, IWT has been guiding teachers in developing and refining writing practices with the goal of enlivening and enriching classroom learning through writing. The philosophy and the practice of IWT are one: writing is both a record of completed thought and an exploratory process that supports teaching and deepens learning across disciplines.

Practical, hands-on instruction in a collaborative learning environment demonstrates for teachers how they can lead their students to discover and interpret meaning (rather than simply set out to find answers), engage in productive dialogue, and learn the critical thinking skills that support academic writing and learning in all subject areas.

Since IWT’s founding, an expert faculty representing the fields of composition, literature, philosophy, art, and science from diverse institutions across the country continue to develop and refine writing practices. These associates work with one another through ongoing conversations about teaching and writing, continuing to learn about what writing is and can be for their students and transmitting their knowledge and experience to teachers in IWT’s workshops.

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IWT's MISSION

is to enliven and enrich learning in classrooms through writing. To this end, IWT designs workshops and professional development programs for secondary and college teachers. Practical, hands-on instruction in a collaborative learning environment demonstrates for teachers how they can lead their students to discover rather than just setting out to find answers.

The philosophy and the practice of IWT are one: Writing is both a record of completed thought and an exploratory process that supports teaching and learning across disciplines. At all levels writing allows the writer to discover what she or he wants to say.

Our Work

Annual Bard-Annandale Programming

IWT

 workshops create opportunities for teachers of all subjects to experience learning through writing across all academic fields, benefiting from the supportive dialogue they find with colleagues during the workshops.

In writing together, there is a sense of community and cooperative effort that develops among participants even over time and distance.

This sense of community sets IWT apart from university writing programs, creative writing workshops, and many professional development programs for secondary teachers.

IWT Around the World

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.

ONSITE and EMBEDDED PROGRAMMING

The Language and Thinking Program

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Our Collaborators:

Bard High School Early Colleges
Bard High School Early Colleges
Bard Early Colleges provide a rigorous college course of study for high school–age students that emphasizes critical thinking, writing, discussion, and inquiry through deep immersion in the liberal arts and sciences.
The Bard Clemente Course
The Bard Clemente Course
The Clemente Course provides accredited college-level instruction to economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals at no cost. Participants study literature, art history, moral philosophy, and U.S. history in an accessible and welcoming community setting.
Bard Center for Civic Engagement
Bard Center for Civic Engagement
The Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College embodies the fundamental belief that education and civil society are inextricably linked. In an age of information overload, it is more important than ever that citizens be educated and trained to think critically and be actively engaged with issues affecting public life. Through its educational endeavors in the United States and abroad, CCE demonstrates a firm conviction that institutions of higher education can and should operate in the public interest.
Bard Master of Arts in Teaching
Bard Master of Arts in Teaching
The Bard MAT is a one-year, intensive graduate program leading to a master of arts in teaching degree and NYS Initial Teacher Certification in one of four subjects: biology, history, literature, or mathematics.

Associated Programs:

The Bard Prison Initiative
The Bard Prison Initiative
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) creates the opportunity for incarcerated men and women to earn a Bard College degree while serving their sentences. The academic standards and workload are rigorous, based on an unusual mix of attention to developmental skills and ambitious college study. The rate of post-release employment among the program’s participants is high and recidivism is stunningly low. By challenging incarcerated men and women with a liberal education, BPI works to redefine the relationship between educational opportunity and criminal justice.
The Hannah Arendt Center
The Hannah Arendt Center
The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College is the world’s most expansive home for bold and risky humanities thinking about our political world inspired by the spirit of Hannah Arendt, the leading thinker of politics and active citizenship in the modern era.
Simon's Rock
Simon's Rock
Where Independent Minds Get Their Start. If you’re on the verge of 11th or 12th grade and certain you don’t want more of the same, Simon’s Rock can show you what education is like when everyone shares your love of learning. We’re the only residential college experience designed for thoughtful, exceptionally motivated students who are ready to start college early.
Fir Acres
Fir Acres
Summer Writing Program for High School Students: The Fir Acres Workshop in Writing and Thinking, first and foremost, is a community of writers who share a commitment to the work and play of writing together. Find out more about writing and living on campus while participating in this summer writing program for high school students. Since the summer of 1989, Fir Acres has been a place where, as E.B. White puts it, the “self escapes into the open,” where all of us follow our written language in order to hear our voices anew.