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.

Springfield Armory Camp Engages Students with History

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Even though school was out, Springfield middle school students kept learning and having fun through a unique program at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site in June. A partnership of the Western Massachusetts Writing Project (WMWP), the Springfield Armory, and the Veterans Education Project (VEP) provided students with an exciting and enriching program, “History Alive: Writing Springfield Then and Now.” Students were given the opportunity to learn about the history of the Armory and its importance to Springfield and our country, to build their writing skills, and to create multimedia presentations to share their learning.  

WMWP Ponders Pathways to Leadership

WMWP Ponders Pathways to Leadership
Monday, August 15, 2016

WMWP places a high value on building teacher leadership, embodied in the role of Teacher-Consultant. WMWP’s current pathway to leadership, which almost always passes through the Summer Leadership Institute and frequently includes stops at a variety of other advanced and special topic institutes as well as school-based professional development courses, has produced a strong cadre of teacher leaders at our site. They serve as role models in their schools and districts; they organize WMWP programs and/or serve on our Executive Board; they facilitate high-quality in-service programs in schools through our service area. They are smart, idealistic, and committed to students, colleagues, and the teaching profession.

Summer Institute Particpants Will Stay Involved

Summer Institute participants contemplate a skull during a workshop.
Friday, July 15, 2016

The 2016 Summer Leadership Institute concluded on Friday, July 15, with 12 enthusiastic participants vowing to stay involved in WMWP activities.

Teachers in the 2016 institute were Dana Babcock, Samantha Briggs, Gina D'Allessandro, Maegan Davis, Caitlin Farmer, erin feldman, Margaret Kelleher, Maria McSorley, Stephanie Singleton, Jenny Speck-Sherson, Zevey Steinitz, and Vesna Todd. They came from schools as far west as Becket and as far east as Sturbridge, and they work at a variety of levels, from Pre-K to college.