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. 

Workshop fee: $1200. 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 commuter fee is $900. 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.

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July Weeklong Workshops

quotation markWhat 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 2011quotation mark

-- Grade 10-11 English Teacher 

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. 

Workshop fee: $1200. 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 commuter fee is $900. 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.

SCROLL FURTHER DOWN
 on this page for general information about the week's schedule, and life on the Bard campus for workshop participants.

GETTING HERE: Click here for information about traveling to Bard by plane, train, or car.

Weeklong Workshops

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JULY WORKSHOP DETAILS

Participants in the July workshops arrive and pick up keys and workshop materials between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 6. During the July workshops, teachers live in single dormitory rooms (with shared bathroom facilities) on the Bard campus, eat meals together (with vegeterian options), and enjoy the beautiful setting and lively atmosphere of Annandale-on-Hudson in the summer. The first workshop takes place on Sunday evening. On Monday our schedule of four ninety-minute workshop sessions per day begin, the only exception being on Wednesday, when classes end at 1:00 p.m. and participants have an afternoon and evening off to explore. The week’s workshops conclude on Friday, July 11 at 4:00 p.m. but participants are invited to spend Friday night on campus (Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast are included).     

The week includes a number of receptions, and one evening of readings by poets and fiction writers from Bard College and the local area. On Thursday evening, current participants enjoy (and take part in) a celebratory reading of works-in-progress from the week's workshops. 

The schedule allows some time to explore the scenic Mid Hudson Valley; participants can visit nearby historic sites such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s home and library, Eleanor Roosevelt’s home at Val-Kill, and the painter Frederic Church’s home at Olana; or hike in the nearby Catskills. Bard College athletic facilities, including lovely walking paths, the Stevenson Gymnasium’s swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, and fitness center, are available to workshop participants). 

SPECIAL NOTE FOR LAPTOP USERS: Not all dorms on campus have wi-fi, but all have internet connection (bring an ethernet cable, just in case). The Stevenson Library (wi-fi equipped) is available for particpant use during the week, as is the Henderson Computer Center.

Also on campus in July, Bard SummerScape performances at the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and other venues bring together an extraordinary schedule of performing arts, featuring an international roster of acclaimed artists in a range of performances. Click here for more information.