Meadow Brook Writing Project

O'Dowd Hall, Room 147 and 147A
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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Summer Institute

2020 Summer Institute Information Coming Soon

2019 Description: The Meadow Brook Writing Project (MBWP) is piloting an Advanced Mini-Institute this summer for NWP teaching consultants.
  • Who: All teachers who participated in a MBWP Summer Institute 2001-2018 along with Mary Cox and Kathleen Reddy-Butkovich.
  • What: TC Continuity Mini Institute and Writing Workshop
    It’s the first. There is no charge for this summer’s pilot program.
    Refresh, relax, and remember your summer institute.
    Recapture some writing time, choice, response, structure, and community.
  • When: 9:00am-1:00pm
    Four mornings this July: 7/10, 7/11, 7/17, and 7/24
  • Where: Meadow Brook Hall and Pawley Hall at Oakland University

*Participation is limited to the first fifteen people who register.

The MBWP is part of the National Writing Project, a network of over 200 sites nationwide dedicated to improving writing, literacy and teaching in schools, K through 16.

The institute provides a community of teachers with an opportunity to support each other with innovative ideas and practices to take back to classrooms. Participants in the Meadow Brook Writing Project Summer Institute join an existing network that will continue to influence teaching and learning long into the future. The traditional Summer Institute will return in Summer 2020.

Watch Kathleen and Mary discuss the Invitational Summer Institute

Each participant:
  • develops a demonstration project to share with colleagues;
  • practices writing freely in various personal and professional modes;
  • reflects on his or her own writing and teaching practices;
  • participates in a reading inquiry group;
  • develops critical skills as teachers, theorists and writers;
  • promotes conversation about writing across grade levels and disciplines;
  • prepares for a leadership role as a consultant and counselor to other teachers.

The Meadow Brook Writing Project does not advocate any set formulas, pre-packaged plans or quick-fix remedies. Our philosophy includes the following points:
  • Teachers are the key to improving education, and the best teachers of teachers are other teachers.
  • Knowledge about teaching writing results from an interaction between theory and practice.
  • Meaningful change happens over time.
  • Teachers of writing must write.
  • The teaching, learning and practice of writing are vital to a democratic society.
The institute is limited to 18 participants, including teachers representing a broad demographic spectrum and across grade levels. We also welcome teachers outside language arts who encourage writing-to-learn in their subjects. The cost of each institute session is $300.00 for 75 clock hours (SCECHs).


The director of professional developent of the Meadow Brook Writing Project and instructor of record for the summer institute is Christina Hall in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at Oakland University.

Daily leadership is provided by Mary Cox and Kathleen Reddy-Butkovich. Cox, co-director of the Meadow Brook Writing Project, taught at Renaissance High School in Detroit, where her students routinely scored well above the state average on the MEAP. She is a fellow of the former Detroit Writing Project and has occupied leadership roles in the state and national councils of teachers of English. Reddy-Butkovich, also a co-director of the MBWP, is the former Curriculum Coordinator for English Language Arts and Social Studies at Plymouth-Canton Community Schools and is a past fellow of the Meadow Brook Writing Project 2001 Summer Invitational Institute.

More Information

For information regarding MBWP or course content and responsibilities, contact Mary Cox at (313) 824-4778(313) or, or Kathleen Reddy Butkovich at (248) 540-7963 or For information regarding registration contact Christina Hall at

Marshall Kitchens, Director
Meadow Brook Writing Project
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309-4401