POSTED Tuesday, July 29, 2014-- 6:20 p.m.
Teachers are pulling out their own pens, paper, and books this summer.
14 kindergarten to post graduate teachers are enrolled in a 4 week writing workshop.
"We're constantly thinking of new strategies to use with students," said Cambridge School District's Sharon Daly.
In its 4th year, the workshop reverses the roles-- teaching teachers to write and how to teach writing.
"I think every teacher that's passionate about being in their classroom is just a life-long learner," said Daly.
This workshop is optional, but teachers are required to take 6 credits graduate courses every five years.
"I think teachers need to stay up on new strategies new research, fine tune their craft," said Portage teacher, Ann Ostrowski.
Ostrowski's been teaching for 20 years. This summer she's taking a course at Middleton high for her license renewal.
"I always learn many new things when I take graduate classes and improve in order to keep up with the every changing things that kids need to know," said Ostrowski.
Teachers typically head back to school the week before it begins in August.