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Fall 2014

Rethinking and Reclaiming Assessment: Best Practices in the Teaching of Writing

Saturday, October 18, 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.  UMass Bartlett Hall.  

WMWP’s annual confer­ence features three rounds of concurrent sessions on such topics as Internet memes, writing with voice, writing in science, and improving student research, plus a keynote by Anne Marie Osheyack, the 2014 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, co-author of Teaching in the Real World: Strategies to Survive and Thrive.
6 PDPs, or 10 PDPs with extension option.  Registration fee: $50.
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National Day on Writing

Monday, October 20

Participate in the Sixth 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 and information, visit  

Teachers as Writers Contest

Deadline: Monday, December 1

WMWP invites all Massachusetts educators to submit manuscripts of up to 750 words for its annual Teachers as Writers Contest.  Prizes include credit for WMWP programs and publication.  Submission guidelines are available here.

Passion and Practice – Building a Balanced Culture of Literacy in Our Schools:

NEATE Fall Conference

October 24-25. Mansfield, MA.

Keynote addresses by Erik Palmer, author of Well Spoken: Teaching Speaking to All Students, and Barry Lane, author of But How Do You Teach Writing? A Simple Guide for All Teachers, plus almost 30 concurrent sessions, book exhibits, a grant program, and network­ing opportunities. For de­tails and registration forms, visit

WMWP Leadership Meetings

Monday and Tuesdays, 4:15 to 6 p.m.: September 15, Five Colleges, Amherst; October 28, Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke; December 8 and January 20, March 2, Five Colleges, Amherst; May 5, Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke; and June 8, Five Colleges, Amherst.

WMWP leadership 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, including the WMWP inquiry theme for the year: Rethinking and Reclaiming Assessment.  Teacher-consultants who attend five of the year’s seven meetings are eligible for 10 PDPs.