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Fall 2013

Best Practices in the Teaching of Writing
“What Everyday Unplanned Spoken Language Can Bring to Careful Writing”

Saturday, October 19, 8:30 - 2:30, UMass Amherst.
WMWP's Best Practices conference features interactive workshops by Summer Institute participants, reunion meetings, and more. Workshop and session topics include hands on workshops that model the best practices in teaching, sessions on a variety of topics including digital literacy and literacy across the curriculum, networking with local K-16 teachers, tips and strategies for implementing the Common Core, and more. Keynote address by Peter Elbow, professor emeritus, author of Writing without Teachers, Writing with Power, Vernacular Eloquence. Fee: $50  (includes coffee and lunch). 5 pdps. Register by October 11. Click here for the conference program.

WMWP Leadership Team Meetings

Wednesdays, Sept. 18, Oct. 30, Dec. 11, Jan. 22, March 5, May 7, and June 4, 4:15 to 6:00.   Places for the fall meetings:  Sept. 18, Smith Vocational High School, Northampton, MA; Oct. 30, Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke; and Dec. 11, Five Colleges Office, Amherst, MA

WMWP Leadership Team meetings-- open to all WMWP Teacher-Consultants--are held for the purpose of reviewing ongoing programs, planning future programs, and discussing issues of importance to teachers.  TC’s who attend any five of the year’s seven meetings are eligible for 10 pdps. 

National Day on Writing

October 20, 2013. 

Participate in the Fifth Annual National Day on Writing.  Submit some of your own writing, encourage your students to participate, organize a writing event at your school.   For ideas about events and to submit work, go to

New England Association of Teachers of English Annual Conference: "(Re)Inventing the Future of English" 
November 21-24, 2013 Boston, MA. 
Be among the 5,000 literacy educators from across the Prek-16 grade levels who participate to get fresh teaching ideas and be inspired. Over 700 sessions, events, nationally known speakers, and networking opportunities. And this year it's local! Visit for details.

WMWP Teachers as Writers Contest
Submission Deadline: December 2, 2013
For submission information, click here.