This summer I was lucky enough to receive a grant to participate in a week long institute on teaching writing. The Reading and Writing Project was created and developed at Columbia University by the well-respected Lucy Calkins. Her Units of Study are used throughout the Lower School to guide teachers' curriculum. It was an amazing experience to be surrounded by so many enthusiastic teachers. I learned so much that I plan on applying in my classroom and sharing with my colleagues. I attended the Beginners Institute and hope to attend the Advanced Institute in the future. I left feeling fulfilled and excited to start the year. I am so grateful to the APT and Administration for this experience.