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Here is an exciting and free professional development opportunity for teachers in the Houston area! Join Writers in the Schools (WITS) as we partner with the University of Houston Honors College to offer the 2013 Common Ground Teachers Institute on June 28, July 1-3, and July 8-12, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day.

The Common Ground Teachers Institute pairs teaching faculty at the University of Houston and teachers of English from secondary schools for a series of inspirational workshops and seminars. Teachers can earn up to 30 credit hours of Gifted and Talented (G/T) certification.

Please visit www.commongroundteachersinstitute.com for more information about the institute, a reservation form, and full descriptions of our 2013 seminars.

Seminar offerings for 2013 include “My Own Private Wilderness: Reading and Writing the Natural World” by WITS writer Lacy M. Johnson and “Metamorphosis: Some Things Change, and Some Never Do” by UH-Downtown professor and WITS writer Merrilee Cunningham.

Activities take place in the Honors College, located on the second floor of the M.D. Anderson Library on the University of Houston campus.

Underwriting by the McGovern Foundation allows teachers to attend this institute free of cost and receive a stipend for books and on-campus parking. Spread the word!

To guarantee a spot in one of this year’s seminars, please submit your reservation form no later than May 31. Forms may be e-mailed to Mallory Chesser at mlchesser@uh.edu or faxed to713.743.9015.

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