Becoming a member of ITW brings many benefits — learn new pedagogies, engage with other teachers at all grade levels, participate in professional development opportunities, and connect with new colleagues. ITW is unique in that it is a K-16 professional organization. This breadth allows for teachers at all levels to interact and learn from each other. It is also an all-volunteer organization the celebrates teachers as leaders. It relies on the expertise of Hoosier teachers to lead professional development.
How ITW members interact with each other:
- Learn new teaching methods and processes at conferences and workshops
- Meet colleagues to share practical ideas online or face-to-face
Why Join ITW?
Broaden knowledge: ITW provides multiple opportunities throughout the year to increase knowledge about the teaching of writing.
Build a better resume: Becoming active in ITW can help members increase their resumes.
Enhance a network: Networking creates professional relationships and joining ITW can provide support in reaching professional goals.
Be a Leader: ITW offers opportunities for professional leadership for those wishing to increase their skills.
Become a mentor: While ITW is still developing opportunities, participating in forums, chat groups or discussion boards will be a great way to grow a professional network. Finding colleagues with similar interests will be another benefit.
Strength in Numbers: Establishing a presence in a literacy field can be challenging given the heavy work load of most teachers. ITW provides access to an established support system of experienced people who are motivated to get things done for Hoosier teachers and students.
Stay Inspired and Stay Motivated: Joining ITW allows teachers to stay inspired and motivated for self-improvement. Being with like-minded colleagues enhances a teacher’s professional life.