Welcome to the Western Massachusetts Writing Project!

WMWP is a local site of the National Writing Project, sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of English and College of Humanities and Fine Arts. WMWP provides professional development and literacy leadership programs by teachers for teachers. A growing number of educators in the region call WMWP their professional home.

WMWP is ...

... a professional community of teachers who value reflection and inquiry; who care about issues of race, gender, language, class, and culture; who come together to deepen our experience as writers, to share our knowledge and expertise, to transform our practice, to improve student learning, and to develop expertise and leadership. Click "Read more" to see a video about WMWP.

Maestra Teacher: Going Above and Beyond

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

By Grace Dugan

At this year’s Best Practices in the Teaching of Writing Conference, Bruce Penniman, WMWP’s Site Director, presented the Pat Hunter Award for Outstanding Teacher Leadership as he usually does. Pat Hunter was one of the founding co-directors of  the Western Massachusetts Writing Project. As an educator and professional development leader in the Springfield Public Schools, she was a fierce advocate for teachers and students, recognizing them as our best hope for improving education. Rightfully so, this award annually recognizes a member of the WMWP community who has contributed substantially to the work of WMWP and who best exemplifies the values that Pat embodied in her work with teachers and writers. This year, Bruce presented the award to a truly inspiring educator and member of our WMWP community who is known for her outstanding teacher leadership and ability to embody “teacher as writer”: Alicia Lopez.

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WMWP Programs Reached 1,300+ Participants in 2017-18

Monday, November 5, 2018

WMWP recently tallied up its programs and participants for the year running September 1, 2017, to August 31, 2018, to submit to the National Writing Project database. The numbers were impressive! How many of them include you?

We're looking forward to another great year and hope that you will find many ways to be involved as a facilitator and/or as a participant. Please check the Calendar tab regularly for program information. If you are not currently receiving announcements from WMWP, click the "Join Our E-mail List" tab at the right and sign up! 

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Infographic by Kevin Hodgson

 

Project-Based Learning Transforms Practice at Two Elementary Schools

Thursday, September 6, 2018

By Jane Baer-Leighton, Karen Diaz, Karen Miele, and Diana Roy

During the 2017-18 school year eight WMWP teacher-consultants worked with two Franklin County elementary schools, Sanderson Academy and Buckland- Shelburne Elementary School (BSE), to implement Project-Based Learning curriculum units. Here are a few of the highlights of their work:

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Teacher Story: The impact of C3WP in the Classroom

Harriet Kulig
Thursday, September 6, 2018

I teach in East Longmeadow Massachusetts, a sleepy little suburb of Springfield located in the Connecticut River Valley of Western Massachusetts. School has begun, but I am feeling in control of it all. This is indeed a change from last year when I embarked on a new venture, to add “claim writing” to the seventh grade geography curriculum.

I had recently completed the week long College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP) with the the Western Massachusetts Writing Project. The program  provides mini-units on skills students needed to write well thought out and supported claims. There were also text sets on a variety of topics that worked with the mini-units. There were meetings and webinars scheduled across the year and a group of wonderful experts to support the teachers. However, the truth was that, very shortly, it would be me and 115 middle schoolers and claim writing.