Invitational Summer Institute

Delivery Campus-Based

The Hawai‘i Writing Project (HWP) works with educators, across grades and disciplines, introducing them to writing practices and theories that will motivate teachers and students alike, and help them discover—or rediscover—its joys.  Those who complete the Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) become Teacher Consultants whose job it is to provide motivation and leadership in the teaching of writing within their communities. Together, we are dedicated to improving writing instruction in our nation’s schools and to promoting the use of writing as a tool for thinking and literacy learning across disciplines.

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  • June 4 – 6, 8 – 10:  8:30am – 3pm and October 17 (9am-12pm)
    *If accepted, you must commit to attending all days of the Institute
  • Location: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, College of Education
    Please note: parking is not subsidized
  • Participants can earn HIDOE PDE3 credits, or UH-Mānoa graduate credits
  • Cost: Outreach College Fee for 6 UH graduate credits (approximately $140, subject to change)
    or 3 FREE credits for HIDOE PDE3 Participants
  • Applications are due Friday, March 6.
Hawai‘i Writing Project Mission: Literacy Leadership and Partnership

The Hawai‘i Writing Project is celebrating over 40 years of providing literacy-related teacher professional development to K-16 educators across the Hawaiian Islands. The HWP mission is “to improve and integrate the teaching of writing and reading in Hawai`i’s schools.” Committed to serving the broadest range of teachers and students in Hawai`i, HWP is particularly interested in:

  • Helping teachers to understand the power of writing as a way of learning in all subject areas, connecting reading, writing, and thinking;
  • Honoring Hawai‘i’s diverse peoples, rich cultural heritage, language, and unique island environment; and
  • Working in partnership with others for the betterment of education and community in Hawai‘i.
State affiliate of the National Writing Project

The Hawai‘i Writing Project is the Hawai‘i state affiliate of the National Writing Project. The NWP began at the University of California at Berkeley in 1974. Today, there are 200 writing project sites across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, as well as sites in Canada and Europe. The NWP is the only federally funded program that focuses on the teaching of writing. Support for the NWP is provided by the U.S. Department of Education, foundations, corporations, universities, and K-12 schools. The NWP and its state affiliates are successful because they support teachers in becoming competent writers themselves and better teachers of writing. Research has shown the effectiveness of the NWP teacher professional development model of “teachers teaching teachers.” For more information about NWP research, visit their website (

Contact Info

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Stephanie Furuta

Associate Specialist

(808) 956-4390

“The most important thing gained from the institute was the revitalization of a passion I had for writing and a commitment to allowing my students time to do the same.”

“The institute reinvigorated my passion for writing and equipped me with the tools to promote writing in my practice.”
(2019 Invitational Summer Institute Teacher Consultants)