Summer Institute


2016 SAWP Invitational Summer Institute

Dates:   June 6, 2016 – June 30, 2016,
Monday through Thursday
from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: The University of Texas at San Antonio 1604 campus

Graduate School Enrollment:
Those chosen to participate enroll in and pay for two graduate classes for the Summer Institute. Estimated cost for 6 hours (tuition and fees) is $2600. A limited number of Fellowships covering 50% of the cost will be offered.


(Applications due by April 1, 2016)

General Information:
We are pleased to announce the San Antonio Writing Project’s 10th Invitational Summer Institute, to be held on the campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio. Participation in the Summer Institute will comprise of two graduate classes, gaining participants six hours of graduate credit.

The San Antonio Writing Project (SAWP), housed in the College of Education and Human Development, Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, is a collaborative program between the University of Texas at San Antonio, the National Writing Project, and San Antonio area schools. Not only is SAWP a vital resource for teachers and area schools in the arena of writing, but it also serves as a model of professional development and excellence, teacher leadership, and reform.

The SAWP Invitational Summer Institute is at the heart of the project, and with the experience and guidance of the National Writing Project, we can be clear about its purposes:

  • to identify successful teachers of writing across all curriculum areas in San Antonio area schools and colleges who will be effective teachers of other teachers
  • to identify approaches to the teaching of writing and the uses of writing-to-learn in all subject areas that have been successful in real classrooms, and that add to the professional’s knowledge
  • to involve teachers in their own writing so that they can better help their students
  • to examine basic issues of equity and access as they affect student learning
  • to make current research in the field available to teachers

Through the Summer Institute, SAWP will build its corps of Teacher Consultants, expand its collective knowledge, and increase its capacity to address complex issues and concerns regarding literacy in San Antonio area schools.

This year we are able to invite 15 teachers, kindergarten through university level, to the University of Texas at San Antonio campus to participate as SAWP Summer Fellows in the Invitational Summer Institute. At the end of the summer program, Fellows will be SAWP Teacher Consultants, an expanding network of exemplary San Antonio area educators.

As a SAWP Teacher Consultant, you will become part of the SAWP community–a lively, collegial network which offers resources and programs for deepening your knowledge about the teaching of writing and literacy issues, opportunities to grow as a writer, and ongoing support to realize new projects and initiatives. You will also have the opportunities to expand your role as a leader. SAWP Teacher Consultants shape and carry out all of SAWP’s work: professional development in schools, summer programs for teachers, Young Writers’ Camps, teacher research programs, Saturday Seminar sessions, special interest groups, and more.

We are seeking strong classroom teachers, school principals, and other educators who are helping students become better writers, who promote equity for all students, especially for English language learners, and who are interested in taking on leadership in the ongoing work of the San Antonio Writing Project.

We invite you to apply for the Summer Institute. Please complete the online application for the Summer Institute (see above) and by April 1, 2016 at the latest. SAWP staff will review the applications, and select a group of candidates for interviews which will take place on selected Saturdays throughout the Spring. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us or the person who nominated you.

You must also apply online to the UTSA Graduate School as a Special Graduate Student no later than April 1, 2016. Please apply as soon as possible; you do not have to wait for the deadline! The application, required materials for submission and other information can be found online at: If you have questions, please feel free to contact one of us, or the Graduate School at (210) 458-2330.

Cost for Participation:
Participants must enroll for six hours of Graduate credit with UTSA. Estimated cost of tuition and fees for 6 hours is $2600. A limited number of Fellowships covering half the tuition will be made available. Contact the Director for more information.

As the San Antonio Writing Project enters this new year, we are delighted to have teachers such as yourself nominated for SAWP’s Invitational Summer Institute. We look forward to receiving your application.


Dr. Roxanne Henkin, Director
(210) 458-5427