A Work in Progress: The Benefits of Early Recruitment for the Summer Institute
Summary: The authors document the process they took in recruiting participants for the annual summer institute early, ensuring a better pool of candidates and allowing the teachers to go into the event more prepared.
Site leaders at the Southern Arizona Writing Project needed to increase their pool of summer institute applicants, so they created a plan to recruit early. They invited interested teachers, principals, and district administrators to attend their "Slice of SAWP" on the last day of the summer institute.
The site sent out acceptance letters in December but continued the enrollment process with interviews in January and with "Saturday Seminars," designed to support new fellows in preparing their demonstrations and introduce them to the writing project culture. The result: not only did the site achieve its goals, the participants were better prepared.