About WIS

The Writing Instruction Support (WIS) program provides assistance to faculty who are teaching or incorporating writing in their courses.  

What we do:  

Provide information about writing course requirements

Support or co-sponsor instructional activities such as the WIS Summer Retreat and online professional development

Offer resources on teaching and assessing writing

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We provide consultation about writing proficiency requirements and course requirements, best practices for teaching and assessing writing, and professional development events.

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WIS Summer Retreat

Are you a WWU faculty member who teaches with writing?  If so, we invite you to participate in the WIS Retreat! WIS is providing a late summer professional development opportunity for faculty focused on developing best practices for writing instruction.

This two-and-a-half-day retreat will take place at Western Libraries on the Bellingham campus, and there will be an online retreat version as well. A continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks, coffee, and water will be provided at the in-person retreat.

Our experienced facilitators will be leading sessions on creating meaningful and effective writing assignments, supporting all students in their individual learning goals and your course goals, and we'll be demonstrating the Backward by Design method, which reflects the belief that “teaching is a means to an end. Having a clear goal helps us as educators focus our planning and guide purposeful action” (Wiggins and McTighe). We envision where we want to end up and work backward on how to get there.

All Western faculty (both tenure and non-tenure track) are eligible to attend the retreat.

Program Outcomes:

  • Design effective and inclusive writing assignments;
  • Collaborate with peers and gain best practices for teaching and learning;
  • Form partnerships and supportive teaching and learning networks;
  • Apply the “Backward by Design” model to assignment planning;
  • Learn how to better support multilingual students in their writing goals

  • Attend a two-and-a-half-day working retreat at Western Libraries OR online.
  • Use the built-in work time to reflect and share, collaborate with colleagues, and draft and revise assignments and rubrics.

Check back near the end of Spring Quarter 2023 for details on registration

Check back near the end of Spring Quarter 2023 for session information

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